Tradeswomen volunteers needed for girls’ woodworking workshop May 18

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION: Carpenters instructor Lynda Mueller-Drendel shows 7-year-old Talia Bailey (center) how to use a jigsaw while her 9-year-old sister Tarra Paynes watches during last year’s girls’ woodworking workshop at the Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center. – Labor Tribune file photo


Female volunteers from all building trades are needed to help share their love of construction with the future generation at a girls’ woodworking workshop Saturday, May 18.

The event, which includes lunch and materials, will be held at the Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center at 8300 Valcour Ave. in Affton from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Between 35 and 40 girls between ages 8 through 18 are registered for the workshop.

Tradeswomen are asked to arrive by 7 a.m. with their tools and personal protective equipment (PPE). Afterward, all volunteers will meet at a local restaurant to celebrate sisterhood.

Specifically, the girls will be taught how to use a hammer, drill, hand saw and level in closely monitored work stations. They also will be building wooden projects they can take home.

“The workshop gives the girls the opportunity to learn the skills and introduce them to a career they otherwise might not have considered,” said Lynda Mueller-Drendel, an instructor at the training center who’s organizing the workshop.

“For tradeswomen, it gives them the chance to empower the next generation and to network with other tradeswomen.”

The event is sponsored by the Sisters in the Brotherhood of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council and the council itself, the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program, Missouri Women in Trades and the St. Louis chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Tradeswomen are asked to register for the event by calling or texting Mueller-Drendel at 314-210-1089.


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