IBEW/NECA partnership donated $3,000 to brighten the holidays for 500 needy children
Farmington, MO. – Law enforcement officers brightened the holidays for 500 disadvantaged children in St. Francois County last month, thanks largely to the ongoing support of the Electrical Connection, a partnership between IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Officers with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department and other police agencies led children on a day of holiday gift shopping using community donations, including $3,000 from the Electrical Connection. In its 22-year-long commitment to “Shop with a Cop,” the Electrical Connection and its members have donated $51,000 to the program.
“It is a privilege to support ‘Shop with a Cop,’ said IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs. “There are families hurting in our community. ‘Shop with a Cop’ has for a long time built trust and hope in the community by supporting those most in need.”
In addition to Shop with a Cop, the Electrical Connection has helps communities in other ways including support for Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, National Night Out and other programs.
“Our contractors and electricians build the communities we serve in more ways than electrical and communications improvements,” said Doug Martin, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter, NECA. “We have a stake in building healthy communities and sometimes that begins with supporting incredible acts of kindness by law enforcement that brighten the holidays.”
MAKES US STRONGER
“The Electrical Connection has long been a valuable community partner in supporting the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program,” said St. Francois County Sherriff Dan Bullock. “When neighbor helps neighbor as the IBEW/NECA partnership has done for many years, it makes our entire community stronger.”
“Shop with a Cop” is sponsored by the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Association, bringing holiday cheer to thousands of children in low-income families.
“It is a remarkable example of the many ways law enforcement gives back to the communities it serves,” said Danny Miller, owner of Farmington-based Total Electric, an IBEW Local 1 signatory contractor and member of the Electrical Connection.
“While the officers use the donations to purchase gifts, I’ve also seen them reach into their own pockets to pay for something extra just to bring a smile to the face of a child.”
Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across eastern Missouri.
For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org.