Roto-Rooter of Savannah donates $5,000 to supply plumbing, electrical coaching for native younger males

SAVANNAH, Georgia (WSAV) – Roto-Rooter Plumbing of Savannah donated $ 5,000 to a nonprofit to provide local youth training opportunities in plumbing, HVAC, and electrical engineering.

Sherry Daniel, owner and CEO, presented Xcel Strategies founder Jay Thompson with a check to partially fund a new initiative, including a mobile HVAC, electrical and plumbing trailer. Xcel is a mentoring network founded in Savannah in 2012 to help young men aged 15-25 develop their life and career skills.

“Xcel Strategies is exactly the kind of organization we love to support,” said Daniel. “One of our missions at Roto-Rooter is to encourage young people to look into career opportunities in the craft sector, which can offer a challenging and rewarding career. When we heard that Xcel Strategies wanted to launch a sanitary trailer for his boys, we knew we had to support him. “

Xcel Strategies says its mission is to “empower young men with purpose,” especially boys and men at risk, by providing a network of mentors. Xcel Offers Life Skills Training; Career advice from partners in business, schools and churches; and job placement through training, internships and full-time employment.

This year, Xcel has focused on commercial jobs that are well paid and in high demand.

“A passage in a book by Booker T. Washington inspired me to make commerce mobile,” Thompson said, “to get the message right to the neighborhood.”

This year, trailers with workstations came onto the market that demonstrate practical tasks and duties in construction and vehicle repairs. Roto-Rooter is one of five donors for the upcoming HVAC, electrical and sanitary trailer.

Workshop courses with Roto-Rooter master plumbers and practical lessons are also planned.

“Roto-Rooter is a vital partner in training young people in the plumbing trade and transitioning them to the job,” said Thompson.

The new HVAC, electrical and plumbing trailer is expected to be in use by the end of the year.

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