Electrical Connection delivers warmth with EWMC annual coat drive

DELIVERING WARMTH TO KIDS, IBEW Local 1 Electrical Workers Minority Caucus Sylvester Taylor (center) and Local 1 apprentices Ernie Bradley (left) and Latoya Cotton (right) delivered nearly 100 coats to the Hazelwood School District Nov. 2 as part of the organization’s annual coat Drive. – Compass Communications photo

Hazelwood, MO – Nearly 100 children in the Hazelwood School District are prepared to face the winter chill thanks to the Electrical Connection, which is distributing coats as part of the IBEW Local 1 Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) coat drive.

EWMC President Sylvester Taylor, who also serves as director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Electrical Connection, and members of the caucus stopped by the district Nov. 2 to deliver the coats.

Taylor started the annual coat drive in 2004 after seeing the need for it firsthand.

“At that time, the IBEW Minority Caucus was mentoring children served by a social service agency, and we invited one of the children to a Cardinal’s October playoff game,” Taylor said. “He showed up without a coat on what was a very cold evening. Navigating life in our distressed neighborhoods and thinking about the future is hard enough without the basic necessities to stay warm in the winter.”

Since then, the IBEW Minority Caucus has given away 15,000 coats to families in need, 11,000 of them new coats. It will continue to distribute coats to children in need throughout the fall and winter.

If you would like to support the drive, you can drop off new and gently used coats at the IBEW Local 1 union hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. or you can send a check made payable to EWMC Coat Drive to IBEW Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, C/O Sylvester Taylor, 5850 Elizabeth Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.

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