MOWIT hosting Dec. 18 workday for tradeswomen, women interested in construction careers

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BAKER HOUSE WORKDAY: Missouri Women in Trades is hosting a Dec. 18 workday for tradeswomen and women interested in joining the building trades at the Baker House transitional home for women. Last spring, MOWIT and female volunteers shown here updated bathrooms and kitchens at two apartments in the building. – Labor Tribune file photo

Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) is sponsoring a hands-on workday for tradeswomen and women interested in joining the building trades on Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Baker House, a transitional home for women.

The event, which includes lunch, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the apartment building owned by the Center for Women in Transition (CWIT) at 322 Courtois in St. Louis. CWIT provides comprehensive wrap-around services for women reentering the St. Louis community from jail or prison.

MOWIT, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women enter and succeed in careers in the building trades, will be converting a large walk-in closet into a private one-on-one therapy room. Those attending are asked to wear work clothes and work boots and bring small hand tools.

Those attending the workday will assist in installing carpet tiles and sound abatement panels, painting, moving an existing light fixture, installing shelves and decorating. The group will also assist in installing bedroom closet organizers in some apartments at the building.

This isn’t the first time MOWIT and its members have helped out at the Baker House. Last spring, the organization sponsored a successful eight-day remodeling effort at the building, which consisted of updating kitchens and bathrooms in two apartments. More than female 50 volunteers took part in the effort.

MOWIT is planning to update kitchens and bathrooms at two additional Baker House apartments this spring and is seeking volunteers and donations. Four tradeswomen foremen in plumbing, electrical, carpentry and painting will direct the work. Specific dates will soon be announced.

“This time, instead of hosting a jam-packed week, we will spread the work out over two and a half weeks to allow more time for teaching and mentoring women who are new to or interested in the skilled building trades,” said MOWIT President Beth Barton.

To sign up for the Dec. 18 work day or to volunteer at the event this spring, visit ow.ly/q2Rx50GUQzz. To donate or for more information, send an email to mowitstl@gmail.com or call 636-926-6948.



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