LOCAL 22 UNION MEMBERS GIVE BACK TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22 has a proud history of "giving back" to the Western New York community.
The union and its members have volunteered their professional services for a number of worthwhile and charitable efforts, ranging from Habitat for Humanity on Buffalo's East Side to the Town of Hamburg's Legion Field and its junior baseball and softball leagues.
Local 22's involvement with Habitat for Humanity has allowed a number of families to work towards owning their own homes, Michael McNally, the union's business manager, said.
"We're honored to be part of such a worthwhile venture, especially when our union can involve some of our members who grew up on the East Side in their projects. It's really something special," he said.
In Hamburg, union plumbers and steamfitters joined with P&SIC-member contractors to donate their services to the youth baseball leagues by refurbishing the restrooms at Legion Field.
"It's just another example of how our union and our union contractors are involved in the local community, and the role we try to play in terms of giving back. We're proud we can be of help," McNally said.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK (October 2005) - Fifteen selected elderly/low-income homeowners in the City of Buffalo's Kensington-Bailey area will benefit today from a first-time program called Heat's On - a community initiative carried out by member contractors and union employees of the Piping & Service Industry Coalition (P&SIC).
"This is a great way for the P&SIC, its member contractors and union employees to give back to the local community through "Heat's On," which involves our organization and its members volunteering their time, expertise and material to needy homeowners, as we provide $15,000 worth of free-of-charge heating repairs to a total of 15 inner-city homes," said P&SIC President H. Van Mollenberg, who also serves as president and CEO of Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. The P&SIC consists of nearly 50 local plumbing and mechanical contractors and 1,000 unionized workers represented by U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22.
While the Heat's On initiative has occurred in other parts of the country, this is the first time it has taken place in Buffalo/Western New York, P&SIC officials said.
"Local 22 and its member contractors have a tremendous and extremely positive labor-management group that is working together on a number of levels. 'Heat's On' was an opportunity for both our highly-skilled members to work with management and give something back to the community that we work and live in. We're happy to play the role we're playing and hope that next year 'Heat's On' will grow to include many more deserving homeowners who need this kind of help," Local 22 Business Manager Michael McNally said. Local 22 members performed furnace or boiler inspections, some general start-up checks and cleaning, as well as making some minor repairs and replacements to filters and belts, P&SIC representatives said.
Heat's On volunteer service technicians performed the donated work for 15 designated homeowners, who were selected to receive the services through this past summer's Brush Up Buffalo campaign, according to John W. Danforth Co. President Emmett Reilly.
"The homeowners who received help today were pre-qualified through the 'Brush Up Buffalo' program, which the Danforth Company has been involved in since its inception in the late 90s. That means we've established owner occupancy and federal HUD (Housing and Urban Development) income levels to make sure those that really need assistance are received it," explained Reilly, who served as Brush Up Buffalo's first chairman.
Both P&SIC company officials and union representatives hoped Heat's On would grow in the coming years so more homeowners in need would be helped prior to the winter season.
"It's good just from the fact that the P&SIC, its member contractors and our union employees have the community in mind too, and are looking to help people who don't have the means at this time to take care of their heating needs. It also says a lot about our union service technicians, who are taking the time to do this on their own time," Mollenberg said.
Added Reilly, "This is our first time for 'Heat's On' here in Buffalo, so we're giving it the good old college try. Hopefully we can keep in going from year to year and grow it. We're proud that our labor-management group and the relationship our contractors have with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 22 has allowed us to work together and help some deserving homeowners."
BUFFALO - With a Channel 2/WGRZ-TV cameraman televising the event live, Piping & Service Industry Coalition (P&SIC) representatives - President H. Van Mollenberg of Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. (standing next to minor baseball league mascot Buster Bison of the Buffalo Bisons) and U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22 Business Michael McNally (standing next to WGRZ-TV Daybreak personality Chesley McNeil) - make a $2,000 holiday donation to the Western New York Food Bank.
P&SIC-member contractors and Local 22's overall donation was split among five designated not-for-profit soup kitchens and pantries located in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties as part of an overall drive whose aim was to raise tens of thousands of dollars in donations to feed the hungry across the region.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2006) -- The Piping & Service Industry Coalition (P&SIC), a labor-management group consisting of 50 area union contractors and members of Orchard Park-headquartered U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22, has donated $2,000 to the Western New York Food Bank, which in turn is being divided into individual donations made to designated food pantries in Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara counties, it was announced today. In Erie County, part of the P&SIC donation has gone to benefit Buffalo's Friends of Night People, Inc. Making a check presentation and pictured above (from left to right): is Erik DeGlopper of P&SIC member and Tonawanda-headquartered D.V. Brown & Associates Inc. and his son, Evan; Friends of Night People Executive Director Darren Strickland; Plumbers Local 22 Business Manager Michael McNally; and Plumbers Local 22 Business Agent Tom Nowak. Photo by Joesph Eberle.
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK (JANUARY 2006) -- The Piping & Service Industry Coalition (P&SIC), a labor-management group consisting of 50 area union contractors and members of Orchard Park-headquartered U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22, has donated $2,000 to the Western New York Food Bank, which in turn is being divided into individual donations made to designated food pantries in Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara counties, it was announced today. In Niagara County, part of the P&SIC donation has gone to benefit Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. in Niagara Falls. Making a check presentation and pictured above (from left to right) is: John Golba, owner of Camtech Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc. of Niagara Falls - a P&SIC member contractor, Niagara Community Action Program Executive Director Suzanne Shears, and union official Sean Edwards of U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22. Photo by Joesph Eberle.
"Our member contractors and the union workers we employ live here in Western New York and look forward to giving back the local communities we make a living in, especially when so many of our fellow Western New Yorkers need help. We're proud to play this role and look forward to continuing to do so in the years to come," said P&SIC President H. Van Mollenberg, who also serves as president and CEO of Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. of Buffalo.
Michael McNally, Business Manager for the Orchard Park-headquartered U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22, agreed.
"In the spirit of the season and in the spirit of our labor/management group, we're honored to work with the Western New York Food Bank in helping provide food to those in need. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22 and our union contractors are dedicated to doing the best possible job for those we work with, and our dedication to our fellow Western New York families in need is just as great," he said.
The $2,000 P&SIC donation has been split and donated to the following WNY Food Bank-affiliated outlets:
- Erie County/Buffalo - Friends of Night People, Inc. - $500.
- Niagara County/Niagara Falls - Niagara Community Action Program - $500.
- Cattaraugus County/Olean - The Olean Food Pantry - $500.
- Chautauqua County - CCRM/Emergency Food Pantry in Dunkirk - $250, and the Union Gospel Mission Dining Room in Jamestown - $250.
"Your donation is a tangible result of your thoughtfulness, and you can be sure that it will help alleviate the problem of hunger in many a needy household," Western New York Food Bank President and CEO Clem Eckert said of the P&SIC donation.
"Equally important is the intangible one - the feeling individuals our member agencies service have that 'somebody out there' really cares and that they are not alone. We deeply appreciate your interest and support," Eckert said.
The Food Bank of Western New York, which serves the counties of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara, asks its member agencies for the 14 cents per pound shared maintenance for donated product. However, according to Eckert, the Food Bank's actual totals show that after grants were applied and the shared maintenance-free distribution of bread and produce were taken in consideration, the average shared maintenance many Food Bank-associated agencies paid was eight cents per pound.
"It's a tremendous feeling knowing that the P&SIC's donation will be stretched and maximized to that limit, providing even more for those in need," Plumbers Local 22 Business Manager McNally said.The donation to the Food Bank by the P&SIC (which consists of nearly 50 local plumbing and mechanical contractors and 1,000 unionized workers represented by Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22) follows the labor-management group's successful Heat's On community effort in October, which involved union service technicians from several P&SIC-member contractors volunteering their time to provide a little pre-winter help to 15 low income/elderly homeowners in the City of Buffalo's Kensington-Bailey area in order to insure their heating systems were properly maintained.
"We want the community to know that the P&SIC, its member contractors and our union employees have them in mind, and are looking to help those in need when it's needed. I believe it says a lot about our member contractors, our union employees and Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 22, who didn't think twice about getting involved," P&SIC President Mollenberg said.