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Rehabbing 1920s Home for Colona Family in Need

Local Union 25

LU 25 its signatory contractors joined Bethany for Children and Families at an Open House on Sept. 20 to celebrate the completion of the community-based project to remodel a home originally built in the 1920s. Aero Plumbing and Heating, Davenport, and Erickson Plumbing and Heating, Moline, and Local Union 25 members volunteered to help.

Union representatives asked their signatory contractors for help and began work in May. The union provided all plumbing and HVACR labor at no charge; local vendors donated materials. The home received a whole new venting system, plumbing, electrical and roofing.

Earlier this year, the house was donated to Bethany for Children and Families to rehabilitate with the intent to assist a family in need. The goal was to fix up the home so it became maintenance free and affordable for the family living there.

“When considering who could help us out on this major project, the first thing we thought of that related to community involvement was the unions,” said Jenny Hager, Vice President of Marketing and Development at Bethany Children and Families. “Local Union 25 has been involved in several community projects and we knew they would be more than willing to get involved.”

“The house was in poor condition and almost everything had to be replaced. It was a very big project,” said Local Union 25 Business Agent Dave Keefer.

“While working with Local 25, I was really impressed with their community involvement and how great they were to work with,” said Hager. “They’re a tight group with unbelievable connections to better the community.”