Members and volunteers from IAM District 837 recently gave back to the St. Louis community by volunteering at the Saint Matthew Lutheran Church. The church, built in 1905, needed restoration of its parking lot.
Volunteers cleaned the parking lot, removing all grass and dirt growing up through the paved parking area and adding driveway sealer to the prepared surface. District 837 staff and members participating included Tom Boelling, Chris Albin, DeWitt Darity, Jason Miles, Bob Fritz, Leon Smith, and Midwest Territory Grand Lodge Representative Larry Young who were joined by Alvin Reese, a church parishioner, and the elder of the church, George Lovan, who all worked together over several days to complete the project.
“As IAM members and leaders, we realize the importance of partnerships in our local communities,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “That partnership made a huge impact over those several days, not only for Saint Matthew, but also for the surrounding neighborhood. Our H.E.L.P.S. projects throughout the Midwest Territory continue to lead the way with our members serving community needs. My thanks go out to all involved in making the outcome successful.”
“I would like to thank volunteer Carline Smith Lang along with the St. Matthew Parishioners, Elder and Reverend,” said District 837 Directing Business Representative Tom Boelling. “They made it possible for the IAM to give back to our friends and neighbors.”
The IAM Midwest Territory began the “IAM H.E.L.P.S. in the Community” initiative in the spring of 2017 to provide essential assistance to residents in need. H.E.L.P.S. stands for Honoring, Engaging, Lifting, Providing and Servicing.