IRON MOUNTAIN—Habitat for Humanity Menominee River has recognized the electrical volunteers from Iron and Dickinson County.
“Without these men, we would not be able to keep the home costs down and our future homeowners would not obtain the affordable mortgages we can offer,” said Executive Director Nancy Pellegrini.
Iron County electrician is Brian Vanoss who works for Enbridge Energy and has been the lead electrical volunteer in Iron County.
“He has helped wire our first two homes in Iron River. Brian takes care of the electrical related tasks for the home but, most importantly keeps the carpenters in a good mood,” said Pellegrini
“Brian enjoys sharing his time and talent with a family who needs a helping hand.”
Recently, he applied for a grant program within Enbridge Energy called the VIP (Volunteer in Partnership) and received a $500 donation for HFHMR
Vanoss and his family live in Channing.
Dickinson County electricians are Butch Pfeiffer and Tom Grenfell.
Pfeiffer has been a member of IBEW 219 for 40 years and was an MJ Electric employee for 15 years. He has been volunteering with HFHMR since 2002.
“He has assisted in wiring all of the HFHMR homes and helped set up temporary service for over 25 homes in our area,” said Pellegrini. “He is our ‘line of communication’ for this effort, which is authorized by the IBEW local 219 and in conjunction with MJ Electric, who provides the permits and inspections.”
Warren Brule, retired CEO of MJ Electric, was instrumental in originating this relationship between MJ and HFHMR when the local affiliate began in 1993, said Pellegrini.
“I like volunteering at HFHMR because it is a Christian based organization and I look at it as my way of giving back to the community for all blessings in my life,” said Pfeiffer.
He and his wife, Beverly, have been married for 48 years. They have four children and nine grandchildren. They reside in Quinnesec.
Tom Grenfell has been a member of the IBEW 219 for 43 years and worked for Van Ert Electrical for 10 years. He has been volunteering with HFHMR for approximately six years and has helped wire 14 homes in the area.
“It’s a good reason to get up in the morning. I enjoy the camaraderie with the other HFHMR volunteers. We put in hours when ever we’re needed; mornings, afternoons even Saturdays,” said Grenfell.
“My dad and Butch’s dad were charter members of IBEW local 219 in Iron Mountain. We enjoy volunteering for HFHMR and have worked as a ‘team’ wiring homes for over six years,” he said.
Tom and his wife, Kay, have been married for 20 years; have three children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They reside in Kingsford.