Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IBEW Members Volunteer Labor of Love for Crisis Center in Missouri

IBEW Local 257

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

A crisis center and shelter in Jefferson City, Missouri, now has bright, efficient lighting, thanks to a dozen Electrical Workers (IBEW) volunteers who were proud to lend a hand. The members of Local 257 gave their time and talent to help the community’s Rape and Abuse Crisis Service (RACS) spare funds that are badly needed to aid and shelter survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The workers at the center expressed their gratitude.

“We were glad to answer the call. That’s what we do as IBEW members,” said local President Joel Vanderslice (pictured on the right), who helmed the project. “And we want to thank RACS for everything they do, and for being such a great organization to work with.”

Through energy audits, RACS leaders learned that a lighting upgrade could save thousands of dollars in coming years, with the additional benefit of making their two-story building safer and more secure. The center, which can house up to 36 residents, was largely vacant at the time IBEW members were there volunteering, as the pandemic forced RACS to spread out its services.