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Local 159 strives to be an agent of change, both as an ambassador for the electrical trade –and the building trades in general– and as an active contributor to the greater community.

The members of IBEW Local 159 take pride in being a part of and helping serve our community. We do this through a number of projects and annual events. We contribute time, funds and electrical work to organizations in the community.

Some of our recent partnerships have benefited Heartland Farm Sanctuary, Respite Center, Toys for Tots, and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

This year we look forward to partnering with Housing Initiatives, Inc., to help put roofs over the heads of homeless vets. Watch this site for updates on community projects.

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IBEW 159 for Second Harvest

IBEW Local 159 and our RENEW Committee has generously donated lots of time and money to the Second Harvest Food Bank. 

Please see the attached picture of our Framed IBEW 159 T-Shirt that will be displayed on the wall of Second Harvest Food Bank office with others who have generously donated their time and money!  Consider stopping in and offering your time as well.

For more information contact the RENEW committee at

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2019 Charitable Donations


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Polar Plunge 2017 Results!

This year our team of Leah Bohn, Eric Proces, Nicholas Tarbet, Cameron Knuteson, Joshua Stern, Thomas Hamielec, and David Boetcher raised a total of $4,439.19 to support Special Olympics of Wisconsin!

From Special Olympics Wisconsin:

Each and every day, our athletes inspire us as they defy odds, demonstrate courage and beat their personal bests. Opportunities to bring out our athletes’ abilities are made possible because of your participation and support of the Polar Plunge.

We are thrilled to announce that more than 1,000 Plungers raised $295,000 at the Madison Polar Plunge on February 18th! It takes $552 to support one athlete for one year. That means you have changed the lives of more than 534 athletes forever.

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Polar Plunge – Feb. 18th 2017

It’s that time of year again!
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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 159 (IBEW Local 159) is proud to support the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

For the 3rd year the Polar Plunge fundraiser is being led by our RENEW Committee (REach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers), consisting of members under 35 years old.

This year we have $1500 available in matching funds from the local. This means every dollar you donate is like donating two dollars! Donate $25 and it becomes $50!

Thank you for supporting the Special Olympics Wisconsin Polar Plunge. Your donation helps to support the 18 different Olympic-type sports offered year-round, as well as free health care screens to ensure optimal health and performance of Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes during competition.… Read more... “Polar Plunge – Feb. 18th 2017”

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Swift House project in Union Sportsmen’s Journal

Last fall, members of the Building Trades Council of South-Central Wisconsin completed a conservation project at Cherokee Marsh in Madison. The chimney swift tower provides overnight roosting for these agile, insect-devouring birds. As natural roosting places have dwindled, and chimneys are less common, habitat enhancements like this can make a difference. This project was funded with proceeds from the annual Union Sportsmen’s Alliance conservation dinner.

The Union Sportsmen’s Journal picked up the story in its Spring 2016 issue. Read the story below.

This year’s Madison Area Conservation Dinner will be September 16, at the Alliant Energy Center.

BTC swift tower, Union Sportsmen's Journal spring2016 CR

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