IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Contribution Report.
JONNIE DAWSON FOUNDATION
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Since its inception in 2010, the IBEW-‐Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation has raised and/or donated approximately $400,000.00 to help the citizens of Memphis, Tennessee. Having started our very own 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that gives back to the community, the IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation sets us aside from other labor unions in Memphis and throughout the country. We pride ourselves on GIVING; we believe that the community comes first. This is just another way of how IBEW Local 1288 Union expresses our sincerity to the community because we truly believe that “HELPING THE COMMUNITY IS EVERYBODY’S RESPONSIBILITY”. Employees must come to understand that to be a good labor organization, you must be a good community organization. Representing our members and helping the community must work hand in hand and we must continue to practice what we preach.
IBEW Local 1288 Officers and Stewards Mid-Annual Dinner
On Thursday, June 11, 2015, IBEW held the Mid-Annual Officers and Stewards Dinner. The Officers and Stewards were thanked for doing such a good job; however, they were asked to continue to take leadership and step it up a bit in this anti-union atmosphere. The IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation donated Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) to 10 Memphis-based, non-profit organizations. I would like to thank everyone that was in attendance. Although there were thunderstorms and rain, IBEW Local 1288 had to still pull more tables out for a packed house of members, friends, and elected officials’ which made this a pleasurable event. We are grateful to Ms. Girlee’s Soul Food Restaurant for such a great Dinner.
The 2013 IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation Campaign
“Helping the Community"
We at IBEW Local 1288 have rolled our sleeves up and begun the IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation Campaign Kickoff. We started Thursday, May 29, 2013 officially campaigning for the foundation and it started out with remarkable results. We, as a team, plan to continue this campaign throughout the year with goals of reaching all the departments within MLGW. If our team has not come around to your department, we will be making our way around to you to share this wonderful 501(c)(3) Foundation that we built on love, thoughtfulness, and assisting those in dire need throughout the community. IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation has adopted the slogan “Helping the Community is Everybody’s Responsibility”.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, IBEW Local 1288 Union donated monies out of our IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation to assist Ms. Velma Massey, an 88-year‐old elderly customer of MLGW whose utility bill had escalated to over $4,200.00. Ms. Massey is on a fixed income. IBEW Local 1288 Union/IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation knows the severity of anyone in need, especially the elderly, during these hard economic times; so, the charitable foundation stepped in to lend a helping hand by paying this utility bill in its entirety before it was cut off, in efforts to allow Ms. Massey to get herself back on track. The IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation is set up to allow the membership of IBEW Local 1288 Union the opportunity to give back to the Memphis and Shelby County Community through payroll deduction.
IBEW-JONNIE DAWSON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION CAMPAIGN
IBEW Local 1288 will be campaigning for our charitable foundation in May 2017 and is expecting impressive results. It is our goal to visit all areas within Memphis Light Gas and Water Division to spread the word about the IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation and its accomplishments. We ask that all employees ~ Union and Management ~ be prepared to support our charitable foundation through payroll deduction.