The 2019 holiday season brought about feelings of giving and gratitude for IBEW Local 26, the JATC and RENEW Group as it seems to each year. The organizations’ annual food drive did not disappoint. Leading up to Christmas the groups jointly collected and raised funds to donate over $8,000 worth of non-perishable food items, along with 35 gently used coats.
Monetary and food donations were also provided by the D.C. Chapter of NECA, Electrical Alliance contractors, including: Regional Electrical Contractors, C3M Power Systems LLC, Freestate Electrical Construction Company, as well as from JATC day and night class in Lanham, Maryland and Manassas, Virginia and the IBEW holiday party.
Recording Secretary/Business Representative Richard G. Murphy coordinated the effort and shopping with the help of business representatives: Tom Clark, Rhett Roe and Paulo Henriques. JATC apprentices helped to load a U-Haul truck with all donations and deliver it to S.O.M.E in Washington, D.C.
S.O.M.E. is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of the nation’s capital. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people served with food, clothing, and healthcare. S.O.M.E. helps break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly, and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.