IEC Atlanta’s Students Multiple Ways of Giving and Community Outreach

Atlanta, GA- January 5, 2017- IEC Atlanta apprentices are active in this “season of giving!”  Food drives and students volunteering for communities in need are some of the ways IEC helps support those in need.

The annual Food Drive spearheaded by Apprenticeship & Training manager, Lana Frye, received 573 items of food and raised $778.50.  Over the past 6 years IEC students have donated 5,652 items of food, and $3,829.50 in cash!  This ongoing effort has made a positive difference in the homes of many.  Donations will be going to Second Helping Atlanta to help many families in need this holiday.  We are extremely proud of our students’ contributions.

Lana Frye’s annual “Letters from Santa” campaign mailed 44 letters to children eagerly waiting to hear from Santa before his magical visit.  Bringing joy to the hearts of little ones is Lana’s pleasure!

Giving doesn’t stop there.  This year IEC Atlanta partnered with Ardenti Global Service Learning Works, a non-profit run by Jennifer Young.  Ardenti gives students the opportunity to volunteer globally and locally to help communities in need.  Jennifer is the wife of IEC contractor member Nick Young of Putzel, and she has a passion to give back to communities.  With the recent fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Ardenti set out to help and IEC had 3 IEC apprentices and friends volunteering to travel and assist.  Thank you Issac Garrett for bringing your wife and best friend to help, driving 3 hours to Gatlinburg, working for 4 hours and driving back for another 3 hours.  Amazing!  Also Kevin Brooks and his wife volunteered at the local lift up Atlanta extravaganza for underprivileged kids!  Over the summer IEC instructor Mike Gunter donated hundreds of hours to spearhead IEC Atlanta’s lab and classrooms.  There are so many opportunities to give back!

If you would like more information on, Ardenti Global Service Learning, Inc., go to or contact

IEC is a trade association for merit shop electrical contractors and offers a wide array of training programs for apprentices and experienced electricians.  In addition to the electrical apprenticeship training program, IEC provides personnel referral including loan/borrow programs, and provides a broad range of informational resources for electrical contractors in Atlanta and Georgia.

For more information about IEC and its programs, contact Niel Dawson, Executive Director at 770-242-9277 or

       Pictured left: Issac Garrett signing with Jennifer Young to volunteer!         ###

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