When the W.A.T.C.H. workshop at 2600 Main St., Wheeling, needed help with the electrical connection to put its new cardboard baler into operation, the IBEW-Local 141 was able to lend a hand.
"I had written a grant to get the new cardboard baler through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection," Kurt Benedict, W.A.T.C.H. director of operations, said. "But I didn't include any special electrical hook-up. We found it would cost $1,400."
Benedict contacted John Clarke, business manager for Local 141, and the union agreed to cover the cost for the installation. Erb Electric completed the work for the new circuit required to run the baler.
"While we get called for quite a few donations for local charities, we can't do them all," Clarke said. "We try to help the ones we feel are the most productive for area citizens. When Kurt called, I said we'd love to do it. I took it to our board and their decision was unanimous. We're happy to help."
Having the new baler operational as quickly as possible was important to W.A.T.C.H., Benedict said.
"Cardboard recycling is one of our programs and it currently employs the most clients at the workshop."
W.A.T.C.H., a United Way agency, is a companion agency of Russell Nesbitt Services.
Other services available through W.A.T.C.H. are: WatchDog, secure document destruction; Files At Your Fingertips document imaging; bulk mailing; assembly line; recycling; janitorial.
For more information, call W.A.T.C.H. at 304-232-1750.