Painters DC 58 volunteers donate work for Day of Community Action

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Union painters Harlan Knapp (left) Jonathan Elliott (center) and Tina Moore apply a coat of primer to the picket fence bordering the John Wood Mansion in Quincy. Union painters from District Council 58 donated their time painting the fence as a community service project. – H-W Photo/Phil Carlson

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades participated in its third annual National Day of Community Action on April 2. Union members across the nation volunteered their time on various service projects to make a difference in their local communities.

In Quincy, IL, a group of painters and journeymen cleaned, primed and painted the extensive picket fence bordering Quincy’s historic John Wood Mansion at 12th and State.

“We like to help out in the communities and make improvements,” said Jonathan Elliott, an organizer for District Council 58, which has offices in Collinsville, St. Louis and several other cities. The council represents 170 contractors and about 5,000 members in central and southern Illinois, and eastern Missouri.

“Things like that fence are important because the Historical Society doesn’t have a ton of funds, and the mansion is an important landmark in the state of Illinois. So if we can donate time to help preserve a landmark -- or help improve a community _ it improves everybody,” Elliott said.

In St. Louis, union painters volunteered some much-needed work at the Southside Senior Citizens

Center, on Park Ave. west of Jefferson, which provides services to senior citizens, disabled individuals, families and youth in the community.

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