I’m on this site, asking for donations, to help achieve my career goals and life goals. I am a 25 year old female just beginning my pipe fitting / plumber apprenticeship here in Colorado. I moved across the country looking for better career opportunities and found my passion. There aren’t many women in the trades, especially in my chosen field, but I am determined to change that, leading by example.
For those who are not aware, apprentices only make 55% journeyman wage and have no say in which jobs we can take, which also means we cannot travel when work slows in our local area. At times, this may mean our hours are cut short or we are subject to layoffs. This has made it difficult for me to pay for my apprenticeship book fees, union dues, as well as my basic bills like electricity and food.
I have always been a strong-willed, independent individual determined to succeed. However work hours have come up short, at my union job and my side dog-walking job, and my bills continue to pour in. If this lull in work continues for much longer, I may be forced to find another way to make money and give up my career dreams I’ve worked so hard for.
I’m here to reach out my hand and ask for donations to help me stay afloat in these troubling months. Please, help me make a positive change. Not just for myself, but also for this trade and all young women out there.