Community Service Committee

Volunteers Needed

It's been a tough 18 months for the Community Services Committee since most if not all of our normal activities and events have been canceled, but now that things are opening back up the man leading that committee (Al Dean) is eager to get things rolling again. The committee is looking for some new blood with fresh ideas and a few strong backs that are willing to pitch in to make this committee better than ever.

The next event on the books right now is the Labor Day parade on September 6th, Al will need help setting up the tents and tables and coolers, the more help we have the less work each person will have to do. 

After labor Day his focus will turn to the Christmas Dance and Toy Drive (Stuff the Bus). Our goal is to have a list of volunteers that we can call on when needed for the different events to give a helping hand whether it's to clean up a park or help setup for a picnic. 

Don't wait for the other person to volunteer, raise your hand and step up to help Local 29 have the best communty services committee possible.

Call the Union Hall 412-922-6969 and we will pass your name along to Al Dean (Boss)

IBEW 29 Toy Drive **Urgent**

Labor of Love Toy Drive:  Stuff the Union Hall - Santa has called upon Local 29 for some help providing presents for kids.

Santa is looking for the following:

  • New Unwrapped Gifts
  • Gift Cards (For Older Kids)
  • Cash Donation for Local 29 Elf to do your shopping.

Need by 12/1/20

** Due to COVID and members working from home there are no donation boxes. 

Please contact:

  • Al Dean (Duquesne Light) at 412.537.4430
  • Shaun Majors (Energy Harbor) at 724.513.1382
  • Becky (Union Hall) at 412.922.6969
Week of Caring

The pandemic has forced so many things to be cancelled for everyone. But nothing can stop the desire of people to lend a hand to help their neighbors. United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania invites you to join us in giving back to our community during a very special (and safe) week of volunteer activities.
 

Why volunteering matters now.


As you know, the events of this year have been devastating for so many. United Way partner agencies that work to meet basic needs and improve quality of life have been hit doubly hard - overwhelmed by demand and unable to perform normal fundraising. They need our help, and we're giving you the opportunity to add your energy and passion to the effort.
 

Please encourage your friends, family and coworkers to sign up - individually or with a group - for one of the dozens of volunteer opportunities during our Week of Caring, October 2 - 10. There are many roll-up-your-sleeves, engaging volunteer opportunities as well as virtual volunteer activities for people who would feel more comfortable giving back that way.

It will be fun and rewarding to get out and do something positive for the community!
 

Click here to see all the activities (slots are filing up fast).
 

P.S. Be sure to share your volunteer experience on your social channels by using the hashtags, #UnitedWayCares, #ChangeMakersUnite and tag @unitedwayswpa.

#GivingTuesday - Help a Neighbor, Family or Friend

Help a neighbor, friend, family, etc. On #GivingTuesday we suggest giving to The Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Food Bank because they have been so helpful with many of our members.

If you would like to contribute to The Food Bank, click the link below.

DONATE HERE 

Members Helping Members

During the month of February, IBEW 29 CSR's that work at Duquesne Light held a donation drive for our Union Sister Kim Schuck.  Kim is a Shift-CSR who was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2019.  After 7 months of treatments, she had been told she won the battle and was cancer free in November. Unfortunately her remission was short-lived and in the end of January, she was given the devastating news that not only is her cancer is back, but it is non-curable and extremely aggressive.

Kim has started aggressive chemo treatments to buy her as much time as possible to spend with her two daughters; Lexi who is finishing up her sophomore year at SRU and Brianna, who will be graduating from Montour High School this spring.  Anyone who works with Kim knows she has a heart of gold and is always willing to help others. She has been known to put others needs before herself, and would be first to help a fellow co-worker or friend. 

Being the sole-provider for her family and now, unable to work, has added even more stress and worry that she needs at this time.  We are hoping the donations we collected from our brothers and sisters will help ease some of her burden and allow her to focus on fighting this disease and spending precious time making lasting memories with her daughters, mom and sisters.

Thank you, to all who donated to Kim in her time of need. With all the generous donations we received from our IBEW brothers and sisters, we have raised $4355.00 for Kim and her family!! We also have a tee shirt made with love from her CSR family and a lucky raffle ticket donated by a member! We are looking to do some additional fundraisers to help ease some of our Sister Kim's burden in providing for her family so she can focus on her fight and her daughters.

Thank you again to all who donated!

Labor of Love Stuff the Bus Toy Drive - Dec 5th

The toys collected will go to working families in need this holiday season. Please bring in your new unwrapped toys and place them in one of the many donation boxes that will be in service centers or work areas. If you're unable to locate a donation box, please give them to a Union Steward in your office or shop. Gift cards are especially welcome for the older children Santa visits. Please donate any gifts by December 2nd

We will proudly STUFF THE BUS on Thursday, December 5th. Any questions?

AI Dean - 412.537.4430

Heather Whitehouse - 412.592.8868

Union Hall (Becky) - 412.922.6969

2019 Sportsman Bash Winner
IBEW 29 Community Service Sportsman Bash - Sept 14th

Annual Community Service Gun Bash Tickets are going fast. Call Becky at 412-922-6969 to get your tickets or call Al 412-537-4430. Don't wait till the last minute for tickets!

Gun Bash and Repel Fundraisers = Success

Recently two fundraisers were held by local 29, the gun bash which was started by Bill Webb 10 years ago and has always been a success will put over $10,000 in our Community Service fund. That money will be used throughout the year and will help people and groups that are less fortunate than we are, one such group as an example is the Women’s Shelter, there are many other groups and people that benefit from this one fundraiser thanks to all of the hard work and time put in by Bill Webb and the other members of the Community Service Committee. Bill has said this was going to be the last Gun Bash that he will run, I believe Al Dean has volunteered to pick up where Bill has left off, Al will need a lot of help to continue what Bill has started. Anyone who would like to volunteer for this and other events talk to Al or call the Union Hall. Thanks again Bill for all of your hard work over the years and building the Community Service to what it is today, anyone who see’s Bill, make sure you tell him THANKS!! Click here to download the Gun Bash winners.

The other fundraiser held by our local was for LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) tickets were sold for a chance to repel down the side of the Koppers Building. 100 tickets were sold for $20 a piece which enabled us to donate $2000 to help find a cure for a cancer that affects so many lives. The winner was Craig Johnson who is a Crew leader in T&D Preble garage and also a Senior Business Rep for the Union. I want to thank Craig (he bought 10 tickets) and everyone who bought and help sell tickets for this great cause. I was able to video a portion of Craig repelling so everyone could watch and see what a great job he did in representing IBEW 29 in this event.

IBEW 29 Raffle to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Win a chance to rappel down the Kopper’s Building

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Drawing will be the Pennsylvania Pick 3 evening on

Friday, September 14, 2018

Tickets are $20 dollars, Each ticket will have 10 numbers, Only 100 tickets will be sold

Becky at the Union Hall 412-922-6969  

IBEW 29 Idlewild Picnic Was A Great Success

On July 22, 2018, we had our annual Idlewild picnic that that sold close to 500 tickets. The Union supplemented the cost of each ticket which included a face painter (which was a big hit with the little boys and girls), a buffet and drinks ( sorry only soft drinks, it’s a kids park) and each member was eligible to win a prize. All of the children were sworn in and took the IBEW oath to become honoree members for the day. The weather held up with only a 20-minute downpour during lunch and the drawing of prizes.

It was a job well done by the community services committee which is led by Bill Webb and includes Lynn Grant, Debbie Slaney, and Dave Kopp, without this committee (anyone interested in joining this committee please call the Union Hall), this and other events would not happen. I also want to thank all of the families that made it to the park and hope it was an enjoyable event for everyone.

The next event on the schedule is the Labor Day Parade, so come out and show the city of Pittsburgh what union pride is by marching with us and all of the other unions. It’s a family event and everyone that marches with us will get an IBEW 29 T-shirt and hat, also we have a picnic in the parking lot when we are done marching. Watch for flyers or check the website (IBEW29.org) for more information.

For more pictures from the picnic please click here.