PLUGGED INTO COMMUNITY — Representatives of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 43 (IBEW) commemorate their recent philanthropic support of United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area with a check presentation. From left: Pat Costello, president Central New York Labor Council; Brenda Episcopo, United Way executive director; IBEW Local 43 members Daniel Gray, Nick Amicucci, Rob Zalewski, Noah Cunningham and Mike Yingling; and Kristyn Bucciero, United Way director of development and marketing. (Photo submitted)

Electrical workers union donates $15,000

Published Apr 20, 2017 at 4:00pm

Members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 43 (IBEW) have tallied up their donations and presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.

This contribution to United Way’s annual fundraising campaign tops donations from IBEW Local 43 in recent years. Central New York Labor Council President and United Way board member Patrick Costello identified a greater need seen across the socio-economic spectrum as the motivation behind increased donations.

“We are noticing growth in the number of local working families utilizing services provided by United Way funded programs,” said Patrick Costello. “IBEW decided it was necessary to increase our donation to reflect the growing need within our community.”

United Way and many local unions like IBEW Local 43, have long-standing relationships that have served our community for several decades.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is an organization made up of nearly one million men and women, according to the organization. IBEW members stand united in local unions in all 50 of the Unites States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Republic of Panama, Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Islands, it added.

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area is a local, independent non-profit organization. United Way funds area programs and services, provides a safety net for our community, and addresses crucial community issues in the impact areas of health, education, and income.