Recreation facilities in North Las Vegas are getting ready to reopen.
On the corner of Judson Avenue and Linn Lane, outdoor basketball courts and grassy picnic areas are already being enjoyed by neighbors of all ages. With direction from Laborers Local 872, a diligent team of volunteers is revitalizing the rest of the block for the community. Adding to the benefits of having the Cora Coleman Senior Center and Bob Price Community Center around the corner, improvements are being made to childcare space, gymnasiums, and a boxing gym. While most of the work is being done to revitalize existing facilities, an entire firehouse is being repurposed for the amateur boxing gym. Contractors such as J Core and MMC have also donated time and resources. The Gym will also be fully stocked with equipment donated by the Raiders.
Center Ring Boxing is eager to move in as soon as renovations have been completed to precise specifications. The after-school boxing program trains over fifty kids every day and will be calling 5710 Judson Avenue home. Vice President of Local 872 Marco Hernandez has been involved with the project from the beginning. His vision for a wide open floor plan will enable cardio training and endurance conditioning to take place indoors alongside two regulation boxing rings. All of these are coming together with help from over 30 laborers. “They do not forget to help us out and it means a lot to me,” says Hernandez who has been with volunteers working every day. Some volunteers have dedicated up to 8 hours a day on weekends. Projects like these show the best of Local 872 while benefiting members and their families.
On the night of October 1st, gunfire was reported on the Las Vegas Strip. Over the next twelve hours hospitals would exceed their capacities, the Regional Transportation Commission would shuttle people to safety, and Local 872 sprang into action. While the scene was still active, Business Manager Tommy White called Commissioner Steve Sisolak. Following that conversation, the Union Clinic was ordered open at 3:30 am to accept the first blood donations. Ten sterile rooms were ready by 4:15 am for over 100 donors already in line. The need for blood quickly increased and Local 872 moved operations to United Blood Services on Charleston Boulevard at 5:30 am.
By 8:00 am clinicians were working at full capacity and donations were arriving by the truck-full. All available personnel from the Southern Nevada Laborers Training Facility were called to assist with logistics and manage contributions outside. Safety vests for directing traffic and additional tents to shelter donors arrived from the Union Hall. Soon after, Calls were received from locations in need of donated items. Distribution plans were made to provide relief to locations such as the Metropolitan Police Headquarters and Valley Hospital Medical Center.
Local 872 continues to stand by first responders. Following one of the most challenging weeks in Nevada history. Local 872 partnered with The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Contractors Association, and the Raiders in hosting a successful event at University Medical Center. Hundreds of doctors, first responders and patients attended the cookout. Volunteers from Local 872 helped with every detail of the event.“With what these people have been through this is the least we can do. It is important to join Commissioner Sisolak and thank them for their service. Not just during hard times, but whenever possible” one member of Local 872 said after volunteering.