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Community Outreach

FOR a MORE POWERFUL LIFE

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

FOR a MORE POWERFUL LIFE

Helping Build Communities

At J.W. Didado, we know that a key component of being a good corporate citizen is giving back to the communities in which we live and work and we have a long and extensive history of community service. Our community outreach is broad and multifaceted and one of our core values. Helping the disadvantaged and less fortunate, financially supporting worthy charitable and nonprofit organizations and volunteering our time and efforts are key components of our community outreach programs.

We’re proud of our contributions to the many worthy causes  we support and of our participation in many major construction and reconstruction projects in Akron and throughout Northeast Ohio.  The bottom line is that J.W. Didado is an active, responsible corporate citizen that believes in its communities and will continue to support and participate in projects that will help ensure their success.

About Our Community Outreach Program

J.W. Didado has a long and extensive history of community service. Our community outreach initiative is broad and multifaceted and one of our core values. Serving our community by helping the disadvantaged and those less fortunate among us, both financially and through community service and volunteerism is our ongoing pledge and commitment. Over the years our senior leadership team has led the effort through investments and participation as board members and team leads with non-profits and charitable organizations. Additionally the employees at JWD are passionate and dedicated to serving others by volunteering their time and talents to help meet the many needs in our community.

Meet Our Community Outreach Director

We have a full-time staff dedicated exclusively to community outreach with responsibility for meeting and working with community leaders, faith based organizations, and other business leaders who share our dedication to improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

Mike Armour

Mike Armour

Director of Community Outreach

Community Outreach is at the heart and soul of our Director, Mike Armour. Providing service to those in need is a privilege. Someone wise once said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” As a local pastor Mike strives to live up to those words. As Director of Community Outreach at J.W. Didado Electric he has been given the great opportunity to extend his reach by a company that is no less passionate and giving than he is.

J.W. Didado has a long and extensive history of reaching into the community to provide leadership, financial support, and boots on the ground through the many hours of volunteerism. As the needs have grown so has our commitment to expand our efforts to help those who are in need in our community.

My pledge as Director of Community Outreach at J.W. Didado is to build upon our long history of service and to take us to new heights as we strive for more ways to meet the growing needs.

Our Programs

Live Classroom Program

Designed to equip students who desire to pursue careers in the fields of construction, engineering or architecture.

Train to Hire Program

A Workforce development program for young adults that runs for 12 weeks consecutively. This program is aimed to transition individuals into fulltime, part-time, or project specific employment opportunities.

Competitive Edge

The ultimate goal is to become even more of a beneficial resource for local communities, youth, residents, and local businesses.

Brighter Future Program

Our re-entry program to guide individuals in the right direction who have been incarcerated, giving them a second chance by providing work opportunities.

Supporting Local Business

Bringing diverse businesses as subcontractors and vendors on our projects

Volunteerism

Preparing you today for a better tomorrow

Live Classroom

Mentoring students interested in construction careers

J.W. Didado Electric Live Classroom builds on that foundation by contributing education to STEM fields that are continually evolving. LIVE Classroom educates local talented youth in the division of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics in a real-world interdisciplinary and best-practice-approach.

Live Classroom

Learning Initiatives

Electrical Management

Students learn electric management skills based on the body of knowledge by the Energy Management Association of America.

Project Scheduling

Participants learn the value of scheduling by viewing a live schedule of a project.

Project Budgeting

Pupils will grasp the crucial value of budgeting an electrical project from start to finish.

Project Blueprint

Students will learn how to read/interpret blueprints of an active J.W. Didado Electric project.

Project Safety

Students learn the importance of safety through live site visits and interactions in J.W. Didado Electric’s progressive safety culture.

Our Mission

Inspiring students to become leaders

The mission is to inspire students to become leaders in STEM fields by engaging in hands on electrical projects to educate the importance of the application of science, engineering, technology, and math. Additionally, the program will help students develop the self-confidence and professional communication skills necessary to pursue future careers in STEM fields.

STEM

Science |  Technology  |  Engineering|  Math

SCIENCE

TECHNOLOGY

ENGINEERING

MATH

Train to Hire

A Workforce development program for young adults that runs for 12 weeks consecutively. This program is aimed to transition individuals into fulltime, part-time, or project specific employment opportunities.

  • Target audience: young adults aged 18 to 30.
  • Classes are 4 to 5 days a week for 12 weeks.
  • Comprised of basic math and reading comprehension.
  • Life skills training
  • OSHA training
  • Supports the rehabilitation process of criminal and substance abuse through training and career development providing a sense of purpose.

Our Community Outreach Competitive Edge Program

J.W. Didado utilizes Competitive Edge for business development in addition to its existing diversity inclusion model. The company is moving to collectively mold a strong commitment to the enrichment of several areas but not limited to; economic stability, community outreach, education, and mentorship. The ultimate goal is to become even more of a beneficial resource for local communities, youth, residents, and local businesses.

Eight Competitive Edge Program Features

Through community involvement, the money allocated for J.W. Didado Electric’s projects is invested back into the local surrounding communities. Subcontractors are required to utilize available local workforce, suppliers, and contractors. Competitive Edge enrichment plan allows economical improvement as a result of project dollars being reinvested back into local regions.

Competitive Edge has an established division whose sole purpose is to ensure that the Outreach Program is successful. Without close dedicated attention, programs often end up being neglected or dissolved. J.W. Didado Electric provided Competitive Edge with its own Diversity Manager and staff dedicated to ensure the highest level of community outreach success possible.

J.W. Didado Electric utilizes many different sources to obtain information about potential contractors /suppliers for projects. Resources allows J.W. Didado Electric to gather information on minority and women-owned suppliers / contractors in the state through local organizations / unions, community gatherings, state programs. Due to constant community outreach, the industry has flourished with a diversified base of contractors and suppliers to provide services.

All subcontractors are required to hire and recruit available graduating union classes of local apprentices that Competitive Edge provides in a monthly list. Local members of the community gain working experience through the program while project dollars remain vested in the local community.

Competitive Edge assists in SBE/MBE/WBE businesses in the areas of job site safety, project document controls, cost estimating, project scheduling, and workforce utilization. Also, the program guides in obtaining construction insurance, financial assistance, and bonding support to help promote company success.

Competitive Edge is committed to obtaining contracts for small local, minority, and women-own businesses to distribute large sections of work into smaller parts to allow the local companies to participate in projects. Also, the program has helped build relationships with local unions to help best navigate businesses towards union training programs.

Employees are assigned to monitor the outreach program by gathering, tracking, and reporting on the local workforce. Also, the participation of SBE/MBE/WBE contractors is monitored regularly to evaluate progress. Monthly, subcontractors are required to report how many residents they hired, and the contract value of small local minority and women-owned businesses. By collecting information, the success of the program is monitored by consulting subcontractors who did not meet a quota for the month.

With the help of the community and district leaders, the program will identify residents in the neighborhood that are willing to train with a J.W. Didado Electric mentor to gain construction experience while collecting a competitive salary. While on the job, the mentor will concentrate on the resident’s passions and strengths that will benefit their future career while working in the electric industry.

Brighter Future Program

Your Future Can Be Bright! 

  • Guiding individuals in the right direction
  • Restoring hope
  • Providing work opportunities and training to individuals recovering from substance abuse
  • Providing work opportunities to individuals who have been incarcerated.

Supporting Local Businesses

Bringing diverse businesses as subcontractors and vendors on our projects

Small businesses embody the character of a neighborhood. Many small businesses are run by people who have taken a chance and invested their time and talent into something they believe it. These businesses effectively support communities by pouring into them to meet the needs that people encounter every day. Here at J.W. Didado, our commitment is to stand behind small businesses to aid them in achieving their business objectives and goals.

Volunteerism

Preparing you today for a better tomorrow

We understand and fully embrace our role as a responsible corporate citizen. We live and work in the communities we serve. Everyday our employees are in the neighborhoods and cities providing quality electrical service. Our children attend the schools and participate in community activities. We consider ourselves to be an active participant of this community and we are fully invested in improving the quality of life for everyone we can.

The employees at JWD are passionate and dedicated to serving others by volunteering their time and talents to help meet the many needs in our community. Among the many worthwhile organizations we support are:

  • Embrace
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • NEOPAT
  • Haven of Rest
  • MRDD
  • Kidney Foundation
  • Bosom Buddies
  • Julie Billiart Schools
  • Valor House
  • Zanes Inc
  • IAPBC
  • Boy Scouts
  • Hallo Foundation
  • Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
  • IBH Addiction Recovery
  • & Many More!

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