The non-profit organization Helmets to Hardhats just received a $50,000 donation to help servicemen and women find careers in the construction industry.
After coming out of the military, many veterans are unsure about what to do next, and that’s when Helmets to Hardhats steps in. The non-profit works with veterans to find apprenticing programs in high paying trade fields.
Many veterans already have the skills required to work in the trade industry but don’t know how to go about finding jobs in a field of their choice. Through the Helmets to Hardhats, program veterans can explore trades like plumbing, carpentry, and roofing while earning a livable wage.
One of the things veterans like most about the program is having structure and camaraderie similar to what they experience in the military.
With the money donated by the Massachusetts Building Trades Union, Helmets to Hardhats will be able to go to more military bases and help more military personnel transition from the armed services to find a long-term career.
Program organizers hope to decrease the number of homeless veterans by providing them with opportunities to work in a field they love.