GREENWOOD, Ind. – Earlier this month, Local 301 of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) presented the Compassion Center with a monetary donation to help get the center back on its feet. The Compassion Center is a volunteer-run local food pantry that serves the hungry and less fortunate living on the southern side of Indianapolis. A safe and comfortable environment for community members to enjoy lunch, the center relies on donations to feed up to 200 people six days a week.
Don Day, Associate Director of the Compassion Center, reached out to Local 301 for monetary assistance to fix the center’s walk-in cooler. The cooler had been down for nearly one week, resulting in food loss and unexpected costs to fix it. Eager to help, Local 301 presented a second-time donation to the Compassion Center to help the pantry fix the freezer and replace the lost food. “The amount of work that this center puts into feeding the local community is astonishing,” commented Local 301 member David Packwood, who is also a volunteer at the food pantry.
“We are proud to be able to give back to the communities where we live and work,” commented Marcos Martinez, IKORCC representative. “Sometimes we use our skills as carpenters to help, and sometimes it is some of the wages we make. The best part is that when we see something that is worth helping, we do it with pride.” “The timing of the donation was perfect, and it helped us feed people in our community what may be the only meal they receive on a daily basis,” said Don Day, Compassion Center Associate Director. “Again, we thank you for your help and donation.”