A number of efforts to give back to the communities we serve are being planned by our IBEW/NECA partners this year, among them – the St. Jude Dream Home and Rebuilding Together St. Louis.
Fischer Homes will again be building a luxury home that will be raffled off to raise money for the renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And as it has done for the last several years, the Electrical Connection is donating electrical services to build the home. NECA contractor Grasser Electric and IBEW Local 1 will perform the electrical work. The new home will take shape in Dardenne Prairie in O’Fallon, Mo. Tickets for a chance to win the home will be offered in June 2023. Learn more.
Last year’s IBEW/NECA volunteers who helped build the St. Jude Dream Home
On April 22, 2023, an army of NECA contractors and their IBEW Local 1 workforce will go into area neighborhoods to make critical electrical repairs to low income homes. The Electrical Connection donates services and materials to support the volunteer effort to support Rebuilding Together St. Louis. Since 2003, the Electrical Connection has donated more than $2.3 million in labor and materials to improve 570 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans. Last year, the 20-year commitment by the IBEW/NECA partnership was saluted with a Show Me Service Award by the state of Missouri.
One of several IBEW/NECA teams who volunteered in last year’s Rebuilding Together St. Louis low income home repair initiative.
Mass transit is advancing energy efficiency goals with the help of our IBEW/NECA partners locally. According to the latest edition of Electrical Contractor the U.S. recorded “5,480 zero-emission buses (ZEBs)—defined as battery-electric or fuel cell electric transit buses— that were funded, ordered or delivered as of last September. This is a 66% increase since September 2021, according to a February 2023 report by Calstart, a nonprofit based in Pasadena, Calif., that advocates for clean energy technologies.” In St. Louis, Metro Transit launched a fleet of 18 battery electric buses in 2021 powered by chargers installed by Sachs Electric – an Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA contractor. The 60-foot buses charge for about 15 minutes on each trip at the North Broadway-Taylor Transit Center, using the quick chargers installed by Sachs, to keep the battery charge in the appropriate range. Sachs also installed the chargers at the Brentwood MetroBus Facility for all 14 of the 60-foot battery electric buses and four 40-foot long battery electric buses. Learn more.