IBEW Funding Supports Local Boston Veterans

IBEW Funding Supports Local Boston Veterans

IBEW Local 103 Support of New England Center and Home for Veterans Will Impact 500 Residents Over Five Years
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Friday, November 13, 2015 - 8:00am


CONTENT: Press Release

BOSTON, MA, November 13, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Through its participation in CBS EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program, electricians and telecommunications specialists labor union International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 is supporting local veterans through the nonprofit New England Center and Home for Veterans. The partnership will bring energy-efficient appliances to Single Residency Occupancy Units and impact 59 veterans for the next five years. 

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) works to provide the tools and resources that enable successful independent living and meaningful employment for all veterans. Founded in 1989, the organization has grown to provide a multitude of services ranging from clinical support, vocational training programs, to emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions for homeless veterans in the Boston community. To date, NECHV remains one of the largest private resource providers to homeless veterans, assisting more than 1,500 people annually. 

Thanks to IBEW Local 103’s support, the 10-story, 106-year-old building at 17 Court Street will now be equipped with energy-efficient appliances, allowing NECHV to provide improved living accommodations to veterans while using less energy. The new appliances will include eight Xlerator air hand dryers, 40 personalized compact room refrigerators, as well as two Bosch refrigerators with drinking accessories for common areas of the veterans’ living quarters. Though the project is directly impacting 59 veterans today, based on the life span of the energy-efficient appliances and on an estimate of individual veterans who will utilize the building’s single residency occupancy units, IBEW Local 103’s support will impact an estimated 500 veterans over five years.

To celebrate the partnership, IBEW Local 103 joined NECHV onsite at 17 Court Street where they had a private tour of the veterans’ living quarters, spent time with the veterans, and assisted in the installation of the new energy efficient appliances. Attendees included John Dumas, Business Manager at IBEW 103; Andy McCawley, President and CEO at New England Center and Home for Veterans; and local CBS television station WBZ.        

“The New England Center and Home for Veterans is proud to partner with IBEW 103 to bring energy efficient appliances to the Veterans living in the SRO units at 17 Court Street, as well as having their electricians work with our organization on the Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative now underway,” said Andy McCawley, President and CEO of New England Center and Home for Veterans.

“Veterans are our true, real-life heroes,” said IBEW Local 103 Business Manager John Dumas.  “There is nothing more noble or more heroic than signing up to put your life on the line for your fellow man. Nothing we can do can ever adequately repay the courage and selflessness of our Veterans, but we should always be looking for ways to help.  As leaders in the Renewable Energy industry, we are very proud to be able to help improve the living conditions of these heroic Veterans in need, while at the same time saving valuable resources on energy consumption.”


About International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103
IBEW Local 103 represents thousands of union electrical workers and telecommunication technicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts.  The mission of IBEW Local 103 is to provide developers with the best trained, most efficient, safest electricians and technicians, while fostering the values of economic fairness, equal opportunity and charitable giving in the communities they work, live and raise their families.

About New England Center and Home for Veterans 
Founded in 1989, the New England Center and Home for Veterans is a nationally recognized leader in the initiative to end homelessness among Veterans.  The NECHV is a multi-dimension service and care provider dedicated to assisting Veterans who are facing or at risk of homelessness with a broad array of programs and services that enable success, dignified, meaningful employment, and independent living. For more information please visit www.nechv.org

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.
At EcoMedia, we’re propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that’s been our mission since we founded the company in 2002.  In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media. 

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide.  In the process, we’re fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change. Please visit ecomediacbs.com, like us at facebook.com/EcoMediaCBS or follow us at Twitter.com/EcoMediaCBS.

By participating in EcoMedia’s EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia’s advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities.  EcoMedia’s advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.


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