New ICUEE 2015 Benefit Auction Helps Veterans Find Jobs in Construction

June 18, 2015

ICUEE 2015 will hold a Benefit Auction during the 2015 show, with 100 percent of auction proceeds going to The Call of Duty Endowment.

The Call of Duty Endowment helps military veterans find high-quality jobs in various industries including construction and utility.

The ICUEE 2015 benefit auction will be held October 1, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. There will be no minimums or reserves, and all items will be sold. ICUEE 2015 exhibitors are donating products and services, including a signed guitar from country music star Kip Moore, an Atlanta Braves baseball package, and underground and construction equipment.

“The construction/utility industry faces challenges fulfilling skilled workforce needs at both the manufacturer and end-user levels, and military veterans have valuable skills that translate well to industry jobs; this event reflects the ‘giving back’ spirit of our industry and is yet another way for our attendees and exhibitors to help their communities and others all across America,” said show director Sara Truesdale Mooney.

The Call of Duty Endowment focuses on non-profit groups. Working with the auditing firm Deloitte, it uses a seven-step process to screen the organizations it supports when placing veterans into high-quality jobs.

Currently nine organizations are funded through The Call of Duty Endowment:

·       AMVETS;

·       Corporate America Supports You (CASY);

·       Easter Seals of DC, MD and VA’s Veteran Staffing Network;

·       Hire Heroes USA;

·       JVS;

·       Salvation Army Haven;

·       Still Serving Veterans;

·       U.S. VETS; and

·       Veterans Inc.

The group also annually awards the Seal of Distinction to additional best-in-class veteran-serving organizations. In 2014, winners included:

·       Able-Disabled Advocacy;

·       American Red Cross of Southern Nevada;

·       Career Source, Palm Beach County;

·       National Able Network;

·       Project Renewal;

·       Thresholds (Home-Health-Hope); and

·       Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania.