The Drain Guys Offers Paid Apprenticeship to Promote Plumbing Trade – Sponsored

Have you tried to hire a plumber recently (or any other tradesperson for that matter)? You may have noticed it is increasingly difficult to find qualified plumbers and that prices have increased dramatically. You are not alone. A phenomenon in the last 20 years, fewer and fewer Americans have entered the trades for a variety of reasons. Prestige, societal pressures, and a cultural shift away from labor intensive careers have pushed young people towards different career paths. As of 2021, for every 5 master plumbers that retire only 1 fills their place. Moreover, the average age of a plumber is 55 years old. The numbers are staggering and indicate a looming crisis as plumbers and tradespeople are critical to a functioning society.

The Drain Guys, a plumbing company based in Rockville, Maryland, is working to promote the plumbing trade as a viable career path for the next generation of people entering the workforce. Their mission, besides providing affordable plumbing services to Montgomery County and its surrounding areas, is to help young people build successful lives with financial stability and a clear path to retirement in a time of increased economic uncertainty. The Drain Guys hopes to help dispel the myth that plumbing is not a respectable, lucrative career. In fact, experienced plumbers in Montgomery County often command well over $100,000 per year plus competitive benefits,

As such, The Drain Guys is offering a plumbing apprenticeship program.

The program will immerse the winning candidate into a 90 day experience where they will work closely with an expert plumber 30 hours per week. The person will be paid hourly. At the end of the program, they will be offered a full time salaried position at The Drain Guys. Everyone is encouraged to apply for the program, including people with no plumbing experience. The Drain Guys will pick a winner in February 2022.


The Drain Guys is a licensed and insured plumbing company based in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. They are able to assist with all your residential and commercial plumbing needs. Call them at  240-885-9264 or visit their website to request a quote.

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Karen joined the Well-Paid Maids team as a cleaner in January 2021, and she was recently promoted to an operations manager! This well-deserved promotion is part of Well-Paid Maids' effort to deliver better customer service with responses to phone calls and emails seven days a week. To celebrate Karen's promotion, we caught up with her to learn more about her time at Well-Paid Maids, the area's only certified living-wage cleaning company.

 1. Why Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I saw the company was paying a living wage and had great benefits. Also, they were very flexible with my schedule, especially since I have kids.

 2. How has it been working at Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I feel very appreciated at the company. This is the first job where I feel I'm able to speak about any issue and that management will support me.

 3. How has working at Well-Paid Maids benefitted you?

Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

 4. How do you plan to spend your PTO this year?

Karen: I look forward to traveling to El Salvador to visit my family there.

 5. How would you describe Well-Paid Maids as an employer in three words?

Appreciated, valued and opportunity

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Washington City Paper is hosting its annual Best of D.C. contest -- and Well-Paid Maids is eyeing the Best Maid Service category. If you missed it: Well-Paid Maids has secured first place for the past three years. Can you help us snag gold again? Simply go to the ballot and write in your vote for the best maid service. In case you need a refresher before you vote, Well-Paid Maids is the only certified living-wage cleaning company in the D.C. area. We pay our cleaners, who are W-2 employees, at least $24 an hour and offer benefits like insurance, 24 paid days off per year and more. Voting is open until June 10 at 5 p.m., and the winner will be announced July 18. (We'll keep you posted!) Thank you for your support -- and if you still haven't booked a spring cleaning yet, now is the time!

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Movie being filmed in McLean, VA, needs your support

A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.


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