Local 4 has a long history of giving back to the communities where we live and work. Thanks to our members and friends’ generous contributions, we have been able to support charitable organizations and causes across New England for decades.

Our members directly support this work through our Social Action Committee, holiday collection drives, annual fundraisers, and dedicated Charitable Foundation, which was established in 2018. 

We take immense pride in supporting many great organizations across our region, including:

  • ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Autism Speaks New England
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Ronald McDonald House
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Marshfield, Medford/Somerville, Providence, South Boston, Stoneham/Wakefield, Woburn
  • Building Pathways
  • Catholic Charities of Boston
  • Community Labor United
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund
  • Diabetes Research Institute, Dollars Against Diabetes
  • Edwina Martin House
  • Gavin Foundation
  • Gosnold, Inc. Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Helmets to Hardhats
  • Home for Little Wanderers
  • Italian Home for Children
  • The Labor Guild
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Massachusetts
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • March of Dimes
  • Massachusetts Communities Action Network
  • Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • MJW Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Pan-Mass Challenge
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Pine Street Inn
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children
  • Special Olympics Massachusetts and Maine
  • St. Francis House
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way of Central Massachusetts, Eastern Maine, and Massachusetts Bay
  • Fellow IUOE Charity Funds, Scholarship Funds, Social Funds, Golf Tournaments, and Family Events
  • Local Labor Councils and other Local Labor Organizations

We’re proud to support so many community organizations and charitable causes across New England.

For more information about the Charitable Foundation or to discuss potential partnerships, please email office@iuoelocal4.org.

$100,000 donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for Breakthrough Cancer Research

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 recently donated $100,000 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to assist their efforts in the fight against cancer. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a top-ranked cancer hospital in the nation and leads the way in important cancer research, such as precision cancer medicine and cancer immunology. Dana-Farber delivers advanced and specialized cancer treatments for various types of cancers that have affected our membership, family, and friends.

The funds for this donation were raised through our Charitable Foundation’s 4th Annual Golf Outing in 2021. We thank our membership for their generosity and commitment to supporting our communities. Local 4 is proud to contribute to further the advancement of future cancer breakthroughs and life-saving research.

Local 4 Donates Over $10,000 to support Veterans

We’re proud to announce that our December Body Meeting attained its largest collection to date reaching $5,124. These donations were made by our generous members who participated in the meeting. The Local general fund has matched these contributions, bringing the total amount to $10,248.

This year, we are honored to donate over $10,000 to two veterans’ organizations, Veterans, Inc. and House in the Woods.

Veterans, Inc.
On January 10, 2022, Local 4 presented a check of $5,124 to Veterans, Inc. in Worcester. Veterans, Inc. is a national leader in ending homelessness among veterans and is the largest provider of support services to veterans and their families in New England. The nonprofit has helped more than 85,000 veterans in need, giving them the tools to rebuild their lives, helping them to regain self-sufficiency and reconnect with their family, friends, and community.

L to R: Worcester Business Representative David Dobson, Veterans Inc. Development & Volunteer Coordinator Kristen Franks, Business Manager William McLaughlin, Executive Director of Local 4 Charitable Foundation Amanda Johnson, and Business Representative Michael Bowes.

House in the Woods 
On January 25, 2022, Local 4 presented a check of $5,124 to House in the Woods from Lee, Maine. House in the Woods is a nonprofit organization that offers outdoor programs to create a therapeutic, recreational, and educational retreat for active military, veterans, and their family members. The organization uses wilderness activities in Maine and natural habitats to help participants share common challenges such as stress, loss, and grief related to their service.

L to R: Paul House, Executive Director of House in the Woods, Business Manager William McLaughlin, Maine Business Representative Robert Burr, and NH Deputy Adjutant General Warren Perry. Permission to remove masks for the photo op was granted by all participants.

Operating Engineers Local 4 recently made a $10,000 donation to Gavin Foundation to assist in their new facility project. The Gavin Foundation is a nonprofit providing adult, youth and community substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment programs.
L to R: Gavin Foundation President/CEO John McGahan, Business Representative Michael Bowes, and Business Manager William McLaughlin

L to R: Training Instructor Peter Carpenter, President Michael Bowes, Apprentice Jake Donovan, Instructor Tom McEvoy, and Vice President David Shea attend the Mass Building Trades Council Helmets to Hardhats Fundraising Event on November 9th to present Local 4’s $10,000 donation to the program. Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.

Local 4 Business Manager William D. McLaughlin (right) and Business Agent Robert Burr present Lt. Mark Holmquist with a donation to the Maine State Troopers Foundation, in memory of  John G. Richardson, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

Please watch this video to learn more about the Operating Engineers Charitable Foundation, Inc. and its recent donation to substance abuse and mental health organizations in the region.