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Electrifying Volunteers – No Exaggeration!

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Thank God for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and its Electrical Workers Minority Caucus.  They showed up just in time – not only to our Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center Jr. Community Center in Harlem and Dyckman Community Center in Washington Heights but to two of our affiliated agencies as well – to paint,  deliver meals and, most important, use their expertise to rewire key portions of our facilities. Dozens of union volunteers showed up as planned at our sites last Thursday, Jan. 14. 2016, as part of their community service Day of Giving to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Dressed in white painters’ pants, they scrambled up scaffolding, wired signals and painted portions of our Kennedy Center gym, auditorium and staircase.  More volunteers insulated pipes, mounted TVs and rewired portions of our Alianza Dyckman Community Center to help us spiff up these community centers that serve the underserved.

Meanwhile, half a dozen volunteers updated electrical work and painted the Dwelling Place, a Catholic Charities affiliated agency in Midtown Manhattan that provides shelter for homeless women.  And nearly two dozen more volunteers fanned out to deliver hot meals to  elderly shut-ins served by Encore Community Services, a Catholic Charities affiliate that serves elderly in need.

“The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents the best of what we do when we give back to our communities,” says Christopher Erikson, Business Manager IBEW Local 3.

It sure does.  And that's why we want to give a huge thank you to all who helped!  

Hey, you don’t need to be comfortable with wiring to help out.

Check out our huge list of volunteer opportunities.

View photos from the event