IBEW Local 1 volunteers energize annual Rebuilding Day

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MORE THAN 100 IBEW Local 1 volunteers turned out for this year’s annual Rebuilding Day, a one-day blitz where volunteers make repairs to the homes of low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in the St. Louis Metro area. – Labor Tribune photos

St. Louis – IBEW Local 1 journeymen, wiremen, journeyman residential wiremen and apprentices and Local 1 affiliated contractors turned out May 2 for Rebuilding Day, the annual one-day blitz where volunteers make repairs to the homes of low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in the St. Louis Metro area.

REBUILDING TOGETHER

Once again, Local 1, the National Association of Electrical Contractors (NECA) and the Electrical Connection teamed up with Rebuilding Together-St. Louis to help local homeowners throughout the St. Louis area who cannot afford to make needed repairs and upgrades on their own.

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IBEW LOCAL 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs (left) plots out the day’s activities with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger (center) and Local 1 President Tom George.

More than 100 of Local 1’s residential and commercial journeymen and apprentices pitched in with their time and tools, while Local 1’s affiliated contractors provided service trucks and many of the materials that were needed.

“We’ve been helping elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners with electrical safety issues the last 10 to 12 years through this program,” said Local 1 Business Representative Dave Roth. “We’re happy we have the ability to give back to the community with our services.”

UNION VOLUNTEERS

Rebuilding Together relies on the support of the men and women of Local 1 and other building trades and the volunteer community to provide free home repairs to address dangerous health and safety concerns for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners so they can continue to live independently in comfort and safety.

For more information on Rebuilding Together-St. Louis, visit rebuildingtogether-stl.org or call 314-918-9918.

 

IBEW 1 delivers the juice for Loaves and Fishes shelter

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PROVIDING A SAFE AND HEALTHY environment for women and children at the Loaves and Fishes shelter in Maryland Heights are (from left) IBEW Local 1 Business Representative Dave Roth, journeyman Mike Newton, Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Jackie MacIntosh, journeyman Kelvin Idleburg, Rebuilding Together Executive Director Dave Ervin and (on the ladder) journeyman Tim Blackwell. – Labor Tribune photo

Maryland Heights, MO – Loaves and Fishes women and children’s shelter no longer has to worry that the food held for hungry people may spoil, or that the lights may fail where mattresses are lined five per row.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1, in partnership with the Electrical Connection and Rebuilding Together came to the rescue.

Local 1 Business Representative and Treasurer Dave Roth learned of their plight, rounded up a crew and personally made sure the facility’s 33-year-old circuitry was repaired for the facility’s refrigeration system, lighting and signage.

Over the years, the Electrical Connection/Rebuilding Together collaboration has helped improve hundreds of low-income residents in the St. Louis area. Roth said the charitable work is also invaluable in correcting life safety issues.

Roth said every electrician puts 35 cents an hour into the Working Together fund. In turn, it also provides out-of-work journeymen with work.

A SAFE AND HEALTHY HOME

Rebuilding Together was formed with the idea that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home.

Age, disability, economic pressure or a natural disaster shouldn't force St. Louisans from the communities they enrich. With the help of volunteers, the IBEW and Rebuilding Together provide free crucial repairs to improve the homes and lives of those in need.

Loaves and Fishes in Maryland Heights is the oldest shelter of its type in St. Louis County. The 33-year-old facility was in need of new light fixtures, ceiling fans, freezer and refrigeration circuitry.

The shelter is always in need of food and volunteers. Anyone wishing to help out at Loaves and Fishes may call 314-291-3857.

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