Local Construction Site Workers Get Creative with Community Fundraising
What originally started as an inside joke between workers at a local construction site, resulted in a team coming together to support cancer care at Grand River Hospital.Trevor Rettinger, a local trades worker and member of Carpenters Local 785, had just returned to working in high-rise construction. He and his workmates would check in with each other throughout the day, asking one another, "Are you killing it today?" It soon became a running joke, and when someone on the team referred to the hardworking group as "job site killers", or JSK for short, the name stuck.
Initially, Trevor got stickers made, emblazoned with the phrase: JSK Job Site Killer, and gave them out to his team when they were working hard, making projects go smoothly and, well, generally killing it. It was a huge hit! They had such a positive impact that Trevor decided to step things up and have a local company make JSK t-shirts for the team.
The t-shirts were more than just a morale booster, however. In exchange for a t-shirt, Trevor asked for a donation in support of Grand River Hospital, even offering to match donations up to a total of $500. Everyone was eager to participate, and before they knew it, they had raised an incredible $1,100 for local cancer care!
"Everybody goes through tough times," Trevor noted, when asked why he chose to support Grand River Hospital. He wanted to make a difference, all while bringing the workers at the construction site together. As Trevor put it, "It was all about killing it on the job site and saving lives off site."