Davenport, IA- Local Union 25 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters located in Rock Island, IL presented Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley with a check in the amount of $3,000 at the organization's Board of Directors meeting. The check represented proceeds from the organization's annual Golf Outing held on September 16th at Indian Bluff Golf Course in Rock Island.
The event drew current and retired members of Local 25 and as well as numerous community leaders. The Outing also received strong support from contractors, elected officials, and trade unions from throughout the Midwest.
"We saw an opportunity through our golf tournament to partner with and impact a local youth organization," Business Manager Tom McCune stated. "Big Brothers Big Sisters is a perfect fit for us and we have enjoyed working with them on a number of different projects and programming over the years."
Local 25 is a very strong supporter and partner with BBBS. In addition to the golf outing the union is involved in a number of fundraising and programmatic initiatives:
Career Navigator Program- Local 25 has hosted numerous BBBS matches at it's Training Center over the years, educating Littles about the trade and the opportunities to pursue a career in the profession. A number of Littles have had the opportunity to pursue apprenticeship programs in the building trades as a result of experiences such as the Career Navigator program.
Putt A Round- Local 25 sponsors and staffs a hole at the organization's annual event, which transforms the River Center into at 27-hole miniature golf course. Last year the event hosted over 1,100 participants. Local 25 uses the opportunity to educate the community about its local impact as well as offer a unique and fun perspective of some of the equipment, tools and skills needed in the profession.
Leadership- McCune currently serves on the organization's board of directors and has been an integral part of the organization achieving the Gold Standard Award, the highest designation a local chapter can achieve. The organization is currently performing in the top 5% nationally. McCune currently serves on the Recruitment Committee (engaging adults as mentors) as well as the Golf Committee. Representatives from Local 25 also serve on our Middle/High School Committee which develops strategies and programming to help young adults obtain graduation and a career path.
"Tom and the Local 25 team are a reason BBBS is as strong as we are in impact and outcome", stated Jay Justin. "They jump in an help us develop programming and connects with kids and gives them a real path toward economic and career success."