Since 1995, the Greater Sacramento Chapter of NECA and the IBEW Local 340 have been hosting the Drive fore Charities to enrich and improve the lives of the children in the Sacramento community. Year after year, our members, business partners and associates have generously contributed to raise over $500,000 for a wide variety of charities and local causes.
Since 2009, we have designated the proceeds from the tournament to the Sacramento State Construction Management Program – NECA Student Chapter. This program creates an entrepreneurial pathway for students by partnering with industry professionals who create strong correlations between education and application. Our NECA Student Chapter at Sacramento State is given an opportunity to participate in The Associated School of Construction (ASC) Student Competition held each year in Reno, NV. This is one of the largest construction management and construction engineering events in the nation where teams of students must create a proposal consisting of an estimate, a schedule, a logistics plan, and answers to a number of special problems. This competition brings together over 42 college campuses across the US including Auburn University, Penn State University, University of Southern California, Oregon State University and California Polytechnic State University to name a few.
The Greater Sacramento NECA student team has won three national championships at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Electrical Competition. We have placed 26 team members with NECA contractors in Northern, CA.
A few charities and causes that we have donated to over the years:
The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and veterans service organization that offers services and programs for wounded military veterans and their families. They aim to raise public awareness of the needs of injured service members and enlist their help as well as enlisting injured service members to assist each other. They offer many important programs including Combat Stress Recovery, Warriors to Work, Soldier Ride, and much more.
Safetyville, USA is a miniature city that sits on a little over 3 acres of land in Sacramento, California. It is a program that was designed to provide safety education to young children in an interactive manner.
The Gifts from the Heart Program is an annual holiday gift-giving program designed to provide gifts to children, teens and senior adults served by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Divisions of Child Protective Services and Senior and Adult Services.
The Joe Serna, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Sacramento’s late mayor, Joe Serna, Jr. Mayor Serna was also a professor at Sacramento State University. The scholarship in Mayor Serna’s name provides students from the greater Sacramento area with $2500 per year for two consecutive years. To qualify the applicant must be a full-time Sac State Freshman, Sophomore or Junior with a major in either Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or
Government and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.