NY Helmets to Hardhats is a 501c3 initiative to assist transitioning military members begin careers in the NY Building Trades Unions and Affiliated Employers


  Our Approach

NY H2H has a very hands on, personal approach.  Every Veteran that fully registers on the site will receive an email of successful completion with links to contact our support team for further assistance.  We know technology is king, but nothing can replace a live person with knowledge of the trades in your area to facilitate your transition.

Our Story

The Helmets to Hardhats Program was conceptualized in 2002 and rolled out nationally in 2003 to assist Post 9/11 Veterans transition into careers in the Building Trades.  New York with it’s rich union density and high Veteran population, was one of the original launch site for the program.  To date, over 3,000 Veterans in New York State have started construction careers.  NY Helmets to Hardhats has a team of dedicated professionals dedicated to your transition

Meet the Team



Anne Malloy-Trenkle

New York State Director

Anne Trenkle joined the National Helmets to Hardhats Program as New York State Director in July 2003. Her initial undertaking was focused on developing innovative methods of incorporating the Helmets to Hardhats Program into apprenticeship programs throughout NY, including implementing direct entry for returning veterans as well as establishing a 15% veteran population in all participating NYS apprenticeship programs.  In the Fall of 2013, Anne achieved a long time goal of establishing New York City Helmets to Hardhats, Inc., a separate 501c3 Labor-Management Initiative, dedicated to assisting the transition of a diverse NYC Veteran population into careers in the NYC construction industry.  Anne began her career in the industry working for the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. She is a native New Yorker, currently living in Rockland County, NY.



Michael Schraft

Upstate Regional Director

Michael Schraft joins the New York H2H team after fifteen years in public service in the United States Air Force, Peace Corps and State Dept.  Born and raised in Western New York he is a third-generation military veteran and proud son and grandson of retired UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 22.  His last assignment in government was as an Economic Development Officer serving two years in Afghanistan with USAID.  Since 2015 he has been focusing on apprenticeship training and workforce development in the Western NY region.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY- Buffalo State College and MPA from SUNY-Binghamton University.  Mike is an avid traveler, skier and golfer. 



Megan Pliscofsky

Support Specialist

Megan Pliscofsky joins the NY H2H staff with a wealth of knowledge and contacts in the NYS Building Trades.  Megan is a 2004 Graduate of Siena and began her career working for the Ayco Company (A Goldman Sachs Company) as a recruitment specialist in the HR Department from 2006-2010. In 2010, she Joined the office staff of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 773 in Glens Falls as an Administrative Assistant for the NYS Pipe Trades Association. In 2016, she accepted and currently is in the position of Director of Affiliate Relations with the NYS Building & Construction Trades Council.


Next Steps…

Get your construction career started today. Register at www.helmetstohardhats.org, upload your resume and contact us.

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