Lowe’s and trade students partner in Pasadena

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Lowe’s and trade students partner in Pasadena

By HBSDealer Staff - 10/11/2019
Lowe’s and its partners in Generation T recently came together to help build 100 bunk beds at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Generation T partners Timberland Pro, Samsung, SkillsUSA and the Rose Bowl Foundation worked together to host the event. Lowe’s provided tools and materials to build the bunk beds which were donated to Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that works to address child bedlessness.

Lowe’s and more than 60 national organizations launched Generation T earlier this year.  The program is designed to connect high school students and those seeking a career change with opportunities in the skilled trades. Part of Generation T also includes immersion events, allowing students to gain additional exposure to skilled trades through hands-on experiences.

At the Pasadena event, more than 300 students put their carpentery skills to work alongside volunteer instructors from Lowe’s, People Ready, Samsung and Timberland PRO.

Some beds were donated to Pasadena families immediately following the event. Others were loaded on trucks and traveled 10 hours north, designated for families impacted by last year’s Camp wildfire Tuft & Needle and Serta donated the mattresses and bedding to accompany the 100 bunk beds.

“We feel very passionate about our mission and have found that others do as well, so we are providing a way for communities to be involved and directly help those children in need,” said Luke Mickelson, executive director of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. “We discovered that after tragic events, like the Camp Fire, families are forced to start all over and when all the relief efforts and funding has dried up, beds for their children are sacrificed for food and clothing. We started the disaster relief program to help families with beds for their children months and even years after these disasters occur.”

In June, Lowe’s assisted the Sleep in Heavenly Peace in building of 3,000 bunk beds.

While the Pasadena event was for a good cause, it also allowed students an opportunity to put their trade skills to the test.

“Working in the skilled trades allows young people to be more creative, to play an important role in solving challenging problems with their own hands and using their talents to make our societies stronger and more vibrant,” said Jennifer Weber, Lowe’s executive vice president of human resources. “After gaining enough experience, skilled trades are the ultimate path to entrepreneurship and to creating opportunities to own your own business and become your own boss.”

According to Lowe’s, only 5% of parents in the U.S. expect their high school-aged students to pursue a career in the skilled trades. For those not interested in attending a four-year college, skilled trades are an alternative worth considering.