Fairbanks union gives community soup kitchen weekend help

Stone Soup cafe hosted members of the carpenters local 12-43 union to build shelves in a shed behind the facility.
Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 5:11 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Members of the Fairbanks community took some time this weekend to give back to a local soup kitchen.

Stone Soup Cafe hosted members of the Carpenters Local 1243 union to build shelves in a shed behind the facility.

Volunteers, including apprentices with the union, showed up to flex their skills, and in so doing, help operations at the non-profit.

Executive Director Hannah Hill explained this isn’t the only time the union has shown up for the soup kitchen. “They donate regularly, and a lot of their guys come down here and volunteer any day that is a work holiday,” Hill said, adding, “We always say at the Bread Line, the way that people want to help is the way that we need help, and in this instance, we have absolute professionals coming down and making our lives a whole lot better.”

Liam Ward, Treasurer with the union, said, “As an organization, we always try and give back to the community as much as we can, and this is just a really good example of how we do that.”

“It’s really important for us, as an organization, to get out and actually do carpentry that benefits the community,” he said.