Salerno himself is the former chairman and still on the board of
St. John Fisher College, chair-elect of Center for Governmental
Research, former chair of the board of the Rochester Museum
and Science Center, and a board member of other nonprofits.
“We also participate in United Way and other organizations,” he said. “Over the last several years, we have donated
millions of dollars to nonprofits.”
The company is also involved in Habitat for Humanity.
“We donate materials and labor to some of these projects,”
Salerno said. “Some of our electricians donate their time. We
even did a solar installation on one of these homes.”
The company doesn’t require this of its employees, but
many of them volunteer on their own.
O’Connell Electric also has offices in Albany, Buffalo and
Syracuse, where employees are involved in local food pantries,
decorating Christmas trees for local nonprofits and more.
Salerno said it takes a lot of personal time to be this involved,
but he has always believed that, if you are passionate about
something, you will find the time to be involved.
Sal Electric Co. Inc.
Charitable giving also is a personal passion and commitment
for Philip Chianetta, president and CEO of Sal Electric Co. Inc.,
Jersey City, N.J.
“A lot of the contributions we make are as a result of know-
ing people who have unfortunate circumstances in their lives,
and we always want to help as much as possible,” he said. “I
feel very fortunate. My life has been very blessed so far, and we
have a very good business. This is a second-generation family
business that was started 48 years ago, and I have been involved
in it for 29 years. I have always believed that, since I have been
blessed, I want to take a little bit of what I have and help other
people out who are less fortunate.”
The list of organizations to which the company donates is
long, from Ace Mentoring and Rebuilding Together and the
American Heart Association, to the National MS Society, the
New Jersey Special Olympics, Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund
and many more.
The company also recently donated electrical wiring work
for the strength and conditioning gym at the Ridgewood YMCA
in New Jersey.
Chianetta personally donates his time to Marble Jam Kids,
an organization for children with autism.
“My wife and I have participated in events for this organization over the years,” he said. “In the future, as I find more
people who are less fortunate and really need help, I want to
be able to help.”
J.F. Electric, Edwardsville, Ill., also is committed to community
“We have always wanted to give back to the community and
to make it a better place to live and work,” said Mandy Fowler,
marketing coordinator, J.F. Electric.
How does the company make its charitable decisions?
“We have a donation request form, and we have a board that
discusses each donation request and determines how it will
benefit the community as well as to make sure that the organi-
zation’s values align with ours,” Fowler said.
One of the events J.F. Electric sponsors is Touch a Truck, an
annual event that allows families and children the opportunity to
explore and learn about various vehicles they see around town,
such as fire trucks, utility trucks, buses, military vehicles, etc.
“For Touch a Truck each year, we will bring one of our
trucks out and give miniature hard hats to the kids,” she said.
J.F. Electric also donates to A Better Place to Play Campaign, an initiative created in 2015 for building two new sports
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Last year, Victor Salerno received an honorary doctor of humane letters
from St. John Fisher College for his efforts serving the local communities.
Philip Chianetta at a fundraiser for the Corporal Kevin James
Reinhard USMC Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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