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Dozens of Pioneer employees to trade computers for power tools as they build beds for Capital Region children in need

Dozens of Pioneer employees will trade computers for power tools as they spend a day building beds for local children in need, part of a unique community service initiative aimed at supporting Capital Region families.

The event will take place on Friday, April 12 at Pioneer’s Headquarters at 652 Albany Shaker Road in Colonie. Employees will be building beds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with brief remarks and a special presentation to be made at 10:30 a.m. 

More than 60 employees will work under a large tent in the Pioneer parking lot to construct approximately 40 new beds for children who are currently without them. The project is being undertaken in partnership with Sleep in Heavenly Peace of Mechanicville, a nonprofit agency that builds, assembles and delivers beds to children in need.

At 10:30 a.m., Pioneer President and CEO Tom Amell will present a variety of bedding supplies – nearly 200 items donated by Pioneer employees including pillows, pillowcases, sheets, and comforters – to James Welch, Director of the Mechanicville Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Delivery of the beds and bedding materials will take place on Saturday, April 13.

The initiative is spearheaded by the Pioneer Charitable Foundation, founded in 2018 with a mission of “Helping Kids be Kids.” In its first five years, the foundation has provided $1.6 million to more than 400 local nonprofits that serve vulnerable children, from housing, nutrition and health care assistance to educational, social and recreational programs. In addition, Pioneer employees have contributed over 16,000 hours in local volunteer service.

The event will provide excellent photo/video and interview opportunities in a highly visual setting. Reporters, photographers and videographers are welcome to attend.


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