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Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H

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In a ceremony at the Washington Hilton, workwear brand Carhartt announced that they will donate $100,000 annually to Helmets to Hardhats, the Building Trades-sponsored veteran workforce development organization. Finding meaningful work is crucial to a return to civilian life following active duty. 

Joining Carhartt President and COO Linda Hubbard at the ceremony were Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) leaders and New Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross.  

Norcross, who was a union electrician with Local 351 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO before entering office, told the audience:

“This funding will help secure the futures of brave men and women who defended our country and are now transitioning to careers in the building trades. My own son, a United States Army veteran, is a ‘Helmets to Hardhats’ success story, working as an IBEW electrician. There are more just like him who will benefit from this generous donation from Carhartt.”

Carhartt’s support of H2H started began 2014 when it promoted awareness of the program through clothing tags.  Its new annual pledge is not contingent upon sales.   

Hubbard explained her company’s commitment to the program:

“Those who fight for their country shouldn’t have to fight for a job upon their return to civilian life.  Helmets to Hardhats and Carhartt are similar in that we both value the importance of hard work and have a great respect for those who work with their hands. As a company that builds product for hard working trades and craftspeople, we are proud to support a group that connects service members with skilled training and construction careers. Everyone deserves the chance at landing a quality career- especially those who have served our country.”

Helmets to Hardhats works with 15 trade unions and 10 associations and corporations to source job openings and training for military veterans.  Darrell Roberts, H2H Executive Director, described the impact Carhartt’s pledge will have on the program:

“Since the program’s inception in 2003, we have successfully transitioned nearly 20,000 program members into quality building and construction trade careers as well as management positions like controllers, safety project managers, project managers, and dispatchers through our partner companies.  No matter which path our participants take, it costs close to $1,000 for one vet to successfully utilize the program. Carhartt’s donation will go a long way in helping many veterans achieve new, lucrative careers.”

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