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story.lead_photo.caption SubmittedMembers of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 257 volunteered to install new, more efficient interior lighting at the the Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Service.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 257 recently volunteered to install new, more efficient interior lighting at the Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Service.

"After having several energy audits conducted, we learned that we could save thousands of dollars over the next few years by converting to LED lighting, both indoors and out," Randall Werner, RACS building and maintenance chair, said in a news release. "Our (outdoor) lighting had surpassed its life expectancy and was not functioning properly, which caused some serious security/safety concerns. We knew that getting good, institutional quality, durable, USA-made, LED lighting might come at a greater expense than that which is generally available to the consumer, so we hoped to save some spending on the installation, which can often exceed the cost of the components themselves. Plus, we would require that the job be done by well-trained, qualified, licensed professionals.

"I asked around and was put in touch with Joel Vanderslice, president of IBEW 257. He wasted no time in taking up the task and gathering members of the brotherhood to complete the task."

Twelve volunteers from IBEW 257 worked on a Saturday in June to install the new lighting.

"It is with much pride our members have donated their time, talent, and hearts to improving our community. As members of the IBEW, we are committed to community involvement," Vanderslice said in the RACS news release. "We would like to thank RACS for everything they do for our community and thank them for being such a great organization to work with."

RACS is a nonprofit agency that provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assaults and their children. Its hotline is available at 573-634-4911.

"RACS is very fortunate to live in a community that has individuals who are ready to help," RACS Executive Director Alden Henrickson said. "The IBEW Local 257 volunteered during a time when finding volunteers was extremely tough. We are forever grateful to the IBEW and look forward to our new LED lights lasting for years to come."

 

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