March 30, 2017

From the boots up: Local workers get help from Trojans

Marco Sanchez, a bricklayer who helped build USC Village, received boots, tools and union dues thanks to the Good Neighbors Campaign. (Photo/Ron Mackovich)

Like any career or trade, masonry has startup costs. Tools, boots, union initiation fees and dues can total more than $400 — no small sum for a worker like Marco Sanchez who’s just getting started. That’s where the Good Neighbors Campaign comes in.

“They helped me get going,” said Sanchez, a 27-year-old father who walks to work at USC Village. “I used to work at the airport, but I wanted to pursue a career with better pay and benefits.”

In order to advance his career, several community partners joined forces to ensure that more community members get an opportunity to work at USC Village. Full story here.

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