Community engagement is a cornerstone value of Building Omaha and the two organizations that comprise it, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). We call home the communities in which we are employed. In many ways, the work we do is a service to our neighbors.
With this commitment in mind, we look for different ways to give back to the very special people of our community: scholarships for worthy high school students, meals for seniors, fun sporting events.
This summer Building Omaha teamed up with the nonprofit Bags of Fun to sponsor its annual cornhole tournament. Bags of Fun brings a little joy into the lives of children who are facing life-threatening diseases by providing backpacks chock full of games and toys.
The average price of a backpack is $400, and thanks to this year’s cornhole tournament, which raised $11,000, 27 new “bags of fun” will give 27 children a much-needed respite from their illnesses. Building Omaha provided 12 of the event’s 27 bags. This year, we have donated 139 backpacks to Bags of Fun.
42 teams of two, including four Building Omaha duos, participated in the bracketed tournament, and over 150 attended the sold-out event held at Bennington’s The Barn (Ackerhurst Dairy Farm). The food and drink were flowing, because you can’t play corn hole without a frosty beverage in your hand! Music and a silent auction rounded out the day that saw Building Omaha’s finest cornholes champions take home first place.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22, along with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), forms Building Omaha, a partnership that powers our city.