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Community Outreach

Community Outreach
The men and women of Local 478 are committed to the cities and towns in Connecticut, where we live and work every day. We participate in our communities through a variety of civic and philanthropic activities that are an important part our organizations culture.
 
Charitable and Civic Organizations
Local 478 members routinely volunteer their time and talents to charitable and civic organizations as well as other worthy causes across Connecticut. These include Habitat for Humanity, Hannah's Dream playground in New Haven, community athletic fields in Cheshire, Ronald McDonald House in New Haven, bocce and basketball courts for the Special Olympic World games, and the Easter Seal's Fantasy of Lights in New Haven.
 
Boards and Commissions
Members of Local 478 volunteer for boards and commissions throughout the state. These include boards of finance, town councils, regional boards of education, the state of Connecticut Crane Licensing Board, and the State of Connecticut Workmen's Compensation Advisory Board.

Community Programs and Events
Local 478 holds an annual education trust dinner in celebration of its members. The event is attended by Operating Engineer locals from other states, the building trades, our signatory contractors and the Connecticut Construction Industry Association (CCIA). At the event, Local 478 recognizes exceptional members with awards, including Apprentice of the Year Award, the Annual Community Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. We also gives scholarships to members and their children to help with the costs of advanced education.
 
We work with Helmets to Hardhats, a national building trades initiative administered by the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment. The program helps U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen transfer their experience and can-do attitudes into secure jobs within the construction industry. Helmets to Hardhats helps ease the difficult passage into civilian life for military families, providing the best career opportunities, pay and benefits to those who have earned our support for their years of service and sacrifice.
 
Outreach Training Program
Local 478's Training School is proud to offer its unique outreach program, which recruits members from a variety of unemployed and underemployed backgrounds and instills them with the knowledge and passion necessary to succeed as an operating engineer. 
Partnering with the city of New Haven's Commission on Equal Opportunity (NHCEO) and the city of Hartford's Capital Workforce Partners/Hartford Construction Initiative (CWP/HCJI), the program works over a three week period to expose individuals to classroom theory as well as hands-on training in the operation of forklifts, backhoes, loaders and rollers. We encourage those who complete the course to apply to Local 478's four year apprentice training program.