Union partnership continues tradition of supporting effort to combat hunger
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – IBEW Local 252 and the South Central Division, Michigan Chapter NECA continued their annual tradition of supporting Rockin’ for the Hungry, Washtenaw County’s largest food and fund drive to benefit Food Gatherers.
This year’s effort contributed more than $4,000 for the program, which ran Dec. 3-8.
According to the Food Gatherers, this year’s campaign raised a total of 1,055,222 meals, including 4,000 pounds of donated food.
The campaign is particularly important in an area like Washtenaw County, where one in seven residents faces hunger. It helps to provide consistent access to food as well as support toward financial stability, which are critical to families who are facing poverty.
Food and funds raised during the campaign help to ensure that families don’t have to choose between food and bills.
Ryan Husse, business manager of IBEW Local 252, said they have partnered with NECA to support the Rockin’ campaign for more than 10 years.
“We always are giving back to our communities. We live here, we work here, and this is part of what we do and who we support,” Husse said. IBEW 252 represents about 800 men and women who work in the union electrical trade in Washtenaw and Jackson counties and selected areas of Ingham and Livingston counties.
NECA South Central Division is the employer side of the union electrical trade and represents about 50 contractors in southcentral Michigan.
“We’re pleased to support this effort to help the people in our community who need it most,” said Matt Whybark of Vedder Electric, which is a NECA member. “It’s a very worthy cause.”