Charleston Job Corps Center

Carpentry Trade student’s from Charleston Job Corps collaborate with KML Carpenters Local 439 and Make A Wish Foundation on a project for a local child.

September 30th, 2019

Nine carpentry trainees from Charleston Job Corps, along with their instructor, Tommy Fitzwater, were asked by the Carpenters Local Union 439 to help with a project the Make A Wish Foundation had planned for a disabled child in Procious, WV. The child was born with physical limitations. Most families who are contacted by Make A Wish Foundation will be sent on an exotic or luxuries trip for a week but this local family asked for a pool instead so that the child they adopted with physical limitations would have the opportunity to enjoy playing in a pool every summer and utilizing the pool for future therapy/ exercise to improve his physical capabilities. They foundation granted their wish and provided the family with an above ground pool. Unfortunately, the child was unable to conveniently get into the pool due to physical limitations. The local Carpenters union was contacted by the foundation to provide a deck around the pool. The carpenters union then contacted CJCC carpentry instructor, Tommy Fitzwater, and asked if he and his students would be willing to take on the project. Nine students worked on the deck for two days (9/19/19-9/20/19) and were able to complete the project. The students enjoyed the experience and the little boy was thrilled to have easy access to his new pool thanks to the carpentry students at CJCC.
Students involved in the project are as follows: Rachel Arkenbout, Christopher Botts, Benjamin Callender, Jayquan Downing, Jeremy Jenkins, Samuel Rollins, Fredis Sorto, James Brown and Nicholas Hendrix

Carpentry Trade student’s collaborate with KML Carpenters Local 439 and Make A Wish Foundation on a project for a local child. Nine carpentry trainees along with their instructor, Tommy Fitzwater, were asked by the Carpenters Local Union 439 to help with a project the Make A Wish Foundation had planned for a disabled child in Procious, WV. The child was born with physical limitations. Most families who are contacted by Make A Wish Foundation will be sent on an exotic or luxuries trip for a week but this local family asked for a pool instead so that the child they adopted with physical limitations would have the opportunity to enjoy playing in a pool every summer and utilizing the pool for future therapy/ exercise to improve his physical capabilities. They foundation granted their wish and provided the family with an above ground pool. Unfortunately, the child was unable to conveniently get into the pool due to physical limitations. The local Carpenters union was contacted by the foundation to provide a deck around the pool. The carpenters union then contacted CJCC carpentry instructor, Tommy Fitzwater, and asked if he and his students would be willing to take on the project. Nine students worked on the deck for two days (9/19/19-9/20/19) and were able to complete the project. The students enjoyed the experience and the little boy was thrilled to have easy access to his new pool thanks to the carpentry students at CJCC. Students involved in the project are as follows: Rachel Arkenbout, Christopher Botts, Benjamin Callender, Jayquan Downing, Jeremy Jenkins, Samuel Rollins, Fredis Sorto, James Brown and Nicholas Hendrix