IBEW members at LPEA organize ‘Fill the Bucket’ food drive


By Indiana Reed

Special to The SUN

Responding to community needs in advance of the holidays, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local IBEW 111 26A), of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), will host its annual “Fill the Bucket” food drive, Saturday, Nov. 9.

LPEA’s “bucket truck,” and additional vehicles, will be parked at City Market in Pagosa Springs, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to collect non-perishable food items (canned goods or boxed/bagged dry goods). Donated food will be distributed to community food banks in Archuleta County.

“Every year the need seems to be greater,” said Mike Alley, LPEA district supervisor in Pagosa Springs, who is assisting in coordinating the event. “Food costs keep going up, so we want to help people stock their pantries for this coming winter.”

Cash donations for the food banks are also welcomed, and donors can make arrangements to give directly by calling Alley at 749-0260, or bring a donation by the LPEA office in Pagosa Springs (603 S. 8th St.). Checks can be made payable to the IBEW Local 111 Brotherhood Fund. All donated funds will be distributed to the food banks.

“We’re very proud that LPEA’s IBEW members are once again volunteering their time for this important effort,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “We hope many folks will bring their food or cash donations to help support their neighbors and those less fortunate in our area.”

For further information regarding the “Fill the Bucket” food drive, contact Alley at 382-7721, 749-0260 or malley@lpea.coop.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.