Some electrical contractors recently gave back to the community, and it’s having a big impact.
Last month, Cupertino Electric, a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), donated electrical services, supplies and manpower to renovate a shelter near its headquarters office in San Jose, California. The shelter is operated by InnVision, which combines housing with comprehensive services that enable homeless families and individuals to rapidly return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
In a single day, more than 80 employee volunteers, including family and friends, descended upon the shelter to update some of the electrical, replace fixtures, freshen landscaping, assemble a playhouse and paint the interior of the facility.
Cupertino, ranked as one of the largest specialty contractors in the nation and renowned for designing, procuring, constructing, installing, commissioning and maintaining complex electrical systems, has donated to similar projects.
Cupertino has worked with InnVision before. In 2011, Cupertino Electric installed efficient lighting in another nearby InnVision facility that provided more light output and used less power. The lighting upgrades brightened the space and made it feel less warehouse-like to clients seeking job-readiness information.
While Cupertino Electric has had a generous matching gift program for many years and offers four hours of paid time off each month to full-time employees who want to volunteer, the large, all-employee efforts like the InnVision project are planned roughly once a year.
The company has completed several “skills-based” philanthropy projects like the one at InnVision, where volunteers donate their expertise to make a space brighter, more efficient or safer.
Overall, approximately 450 hours of service were donated to the project.
About the National Electrical Contractors Association
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office in Bethesda, Md., four regional offices, and 119 local chapters across the country support the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.
About Cupertino Electric, Inc.
Cupertino Electric, Inc. is a private electrical engineering and construction company headquartered in San Jose, California that has delivered power and possibilities for more than 60 years. Cupertino is one of the nation’s largest specialty contractors and is renowned for designing, procuring, constructing, installing, commissioning and maintaining complex electrical systems. The company builds commercial, renewable, utility, and data center projects for prominent clients in a variety of industries. For more information, visit www.cei.com.