Gratefully, on a Wednesday afternoon (May 9, 2012) the call of a lifetime from Ed Mings, a representative of the IBEW International office in Washington, DC. Being a completely transparent organization with nothing to hide, with the main focus to help families, they welcomed NSUJL with open arms. NSUJL’s founder Rae Johnson and accompanied by founding member, Terry Riffe attended NSUJL’s first IBEW Conference in July of 2012. In Oct 2012, President Hill issued a letter recommending all locals support and contribute. This letter is framed and sits in founder, Rae Johnson’s office.
The response from the brotherhood was only the beginning of the support. The officers and directors also began contacting companies to donate products that we could take to rodeos to help raise funds through basket giveaways. The first major companies to sign on and support were Tyndale, Bashlin Industries and Farwest Line Specialties. Those 3 remain NSUJL’s largest sponsors still today. Since, several other companies such as Service Electric, Hubbell, Buckingham, Linemen’s Supply, Valiant and many others have supported NSUJL and our mission. Continuing with the goals, IBEW locals themselves started to sign on as Associate Members. The first being local 1439, shortly afterwards followed by locals 44, 47, 53, 55, 71, 220, 222, 304, 369, 738, 769, 1002, 1245, 1393 and 2150.
In January 2013, just before the 1 year anniversary, the IRS Approved NSUJL’s 501(c)(3) status. Backdating it to Feb 29th 2012, the day the Articles of Incorporation were filed in PA, this being the beginning of the endless opportunities to work on. From what we were told, obtaining Tax Exempt Status in under a year of operation with no questions or correspondence from the IRS during this process is unheard of and very rare. Now we are official, and finally able to really start looking at fundraising and grant options.
In May of 2014, shortly after our 2 year anniversary, we welcomed our first male board members who brought a combined 123 years of IBEW experience and management. Many of the founding members are still with us today and we look forward to a thriving membership for many years to come.