Members of Local 725 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers contributed more than $27,000 in 2010 to local United Way agencies within its 16-county area in Indiana and Illinois. More than $12,000 was contributed in the past three months through voluntary payroll deductions.
Bloomington IBEW representative Tom Szymanski said several Monroe County charities have received donations, including the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, WFIU and WTIU, Monroe County Humane Association, Jill’s House, WFHB, Spencer Elementary, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Ivy Tech Bloomington/Norm Anderson scholarship.
Over the past two years, the union has also donated labor to Teacher’s Warehouse for light fixtures and to the Northside Exchange Club for the illuminated welcome sign at the Business Ind. 37 exit from Ind. 37.
The Labor-Management Cooperative Committee, a joint effort among employer contractors, the National Electrical Contractors Association, and IBEW Local 725, made specific year-end contributions to Catholic Charities and Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Business manager Todd Thacker said in a prepared statement that “we donate many thousands of dollars to worthy organizations over the year and believe a need isn’t just once a year, but a need that has to be filled continually.
We are big supporters of the United Way agencies that do great work all year long and hope others will join us to help those less fortunate.”