The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA Chicago) hopes to spark a philanthropic movement by being the first local association to contribute $500,000 to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation (MCERF). The foundation was founded in 1989 to provide needed education and research programs or products that MCAA either could not or should not undertake.
“MCA Chicago is firmly committed to the guiding concepts of the Foundation, and we are pleased to be the first local affiliate to attain the half-million dollar mark in helping to pursue these goals,” MCA executive vice-president Jill McCall said in a news release. “We hope that in doing so, we encourage other affiliate organizations to participate financially in this worthwhile enterprise.”
Upon recently completing their $375,000 pledge, the MCA Chicago Board of Directors decided to renew their pledge for another ten years, this time for $125,000.
MCERF president Mark Rogers said of the $500,000 contribution: “We are surprised by the enormous generosity of this donation, and grateful for MCA Chicago’s involvement and desire to grow the education and research programs in this industry. They have demonstrated how deep their commitment to education in the industry goes.”
MCA Chicago has long been known for creating the Construction Education Institute (CEI). The MCA Board and staff make ongoing efforts to continue providing top-notch education for their contractor members, member employees and association partners, the news release said.