After nearly a year of service as an essential industry during the pandemic, IBEW Local 1 and St. Louis Chapter NECA also devoted its resources to serving the community in other ways. On December 10th & 11th, IBEW members and friends brought food items to the union hall to support the Boys Scout annual food drive, which had been curtailed by the pandemic. In all, more than 6,200 food items were brought to the union hall. It was all part of an effort by the Greater St. Louis Labor Council to support this year's Boys Scouts “Scouting for Food” drive, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 6,200 food items were collected by IBEW for the Boy Scouts annual food drive.
Also on December 10th, IBEW joined its Electrical Connection partner, St. Louis Chapter NECA, in donating services and materials to make much needed electrical upgrades to the Ozark Food Pantry in Festus, Mo. Work was performed by IBEW-signatory contractor Pioneer Electric, helping the food pantry meet a 30% increase in demand during the pandemic.
Electricians from Pioneer Electric make repairs to the Ozark Food Pantry
Dec. 16th found IBEW hosting and the Electrical Connection partnership financially supporting the U.S. Probation Office annual holiday giving event for families served by the justice system.
IBEW Business Manager Frank Jacobs loads gifts during the U.S. Probation holiday giving event.
The following day, the Electrical Connection traveled to Farmington, Mo. and Ferguson, Mo. to support “Shop with a Cop” programs. The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” and the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” each received a $5,000 donation from the IBEW/NECA partnership to support their community trust building programs.
Electrical Connection Executive Vice President Jim Curran loads gifts during the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop.”