parks, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities for various
outdoor sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and more. A
third project is building an ice rink and teen center.
“Supporting our local youth and their interests in sports is
an important investment and one that we plan to support even
further in the future,” said Greg Fowler, president of J.F. Electric, in a March 2017 press release, when the company donated
its second $50,000 check to the campaign.
J.F. Electric also donates to and provides volunteer labor for
events ranging from the local Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade and art fair to the Edwardsville School District, the
Metro East Humane Society and the Watershed Nature Center.
The City of Edwardsville recognized J.F. Electric with the
2016 Business of the Year award.
In the future, the company plans to expand its charitable
efforts to include efforts involving its employees. Each month,
it will select a theme and encourage employees to participate.
August, for example, was Back to School Month, and employees
were encouraged to donate school items to help foster children.
Fowler said that J.F. Electric will support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
A number of ECs also donate their time and expertise by providing free educational seminars and classes to groups within
their communities, often with a focus on green initiatives.
“Companywide, any time we do a new solar installation, our
project manager conducts a free education/training session for
the local fire department on how to work around solar if there
is a fire,” said Brian Haug, director, energy solutions division,
Continental Electric Construction Co., Oak Brook, Ill. “We also
visit grade school and high school classrooms to educate stu-
dents on how solar works and its benefits.”
This passing down of green knowledge is crucial when
reaching out to younger generations.
“Once a year, I visit a local school and talk about electricity
with the science class, and some of that covers sustainable and
renewable-energy sources, the importance of conserving electricity, etc.,” said Adam Rude, director of construction services,
The ISEA also conducts solar education for citizens through
libraries and classes. It coordinates an annual solar tour, during which members of the general public visit homes and
businesses with solar installations that allow these visitors to
inspect their systems up close.
Salerno has important advice for any contractor considering
giving back to its community.
“If you do sign up for something, be sure to show up and
follow through,” he said. “Don’t just sign up for things to pad
For Chianetta, giving back is the logical next step for a suc-
“If you have a good business and are financially successful, take
a step back, look in the mirror, say ‘thank you,’ and find a way to
donate to people who are less fortunate in this world,” he said.
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On Wear PINK Day at J.F. Electric employees raised about $1,500,
which the company matched for a $3,000 total donation toward
breast cancer research.
J.F. Electric volunteers Patty Frank and
Jonathan Fowler teach kids about trucks
and pass out hard hats at the Touch-A-Truck event in Edwardsville.