National Employee Appreciation Day is Friday, March 3, and in its honor, we’re recognizing our outstanding employees who work hard in and out of the office. From volunteering at soup kitchens, the Ronald McDonald House and other local non-profits, to teaching students across Long Island the Rockaways about electric safety and its importance, our dedicated staff is committed to improving communities within our service territory.
These are just some of the hundreds of PSEG Long Island workers that are lighting up your neighborhood.
Pete Hornick works for PSEG Long Island’s Community Partnership Program department, but his commitment to bettering the neighborhoods within our service territory extends far beyond his job. In just one short year with the company, Hornick has attended over 100 community events, primarily through the company’s educational safety program, Safety Town. Hornick visits local elementary schools as well as fire houses to teach students about the importance of electric safety.
Hornick also sits on the board of Moonjumpers, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of children and war vets. He and colleague Ray Homburger work closely with the Northport Veteran’s Association to prepare food, support events around holidays and more.
Additionally, Hornick is working with the Boy Scouts of Suffolk County and National Grid to restore the Scouts’ 100-year-old camp, slated to start in May.
Todd Leighley is an emergency services specialist for the company, but spends his free time teaching martial arts. After being approached by other employees interested in volunteering at Suburban House, a shelter for families in crisis, homelessness or transition. Leighley helped develop a karate class for kids to help them develop discipline and a healthy lifestyle. John Dotzler, a customer relations specialist, also supports the children through homework help and games, and participating in the karate class. While the volunteer effort has only been in effect a few months, the group of employee participants is growing rapidly. Volunteers have also met with John Hersey at Mentor New York, which offers professional mentoring classes for adults to help children, to improve communication and bring employees’ mentoring skills to the next level.
Katie Puglise is a utility marketing representative and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1049 union. However, Puglise is much more than an employee. She dedicates her time to volunteering with Island Harvest, a local non-profit that works to end hunger on Long Island, over the the past few years. More specifically, Puglise helps pack the cars and trucks with boxes of food to be distributed to needy families and food pantries; and works the weekly food pantries through Panera. She’s also volunteered with Island Harvest to stuff backpacks with school supplies to distribute through the Family Service League.
Additionally, Puglise works closely with Long Island Cares, another local charity that distributes food to those in need; and St Anne’s Soup Kitchen in Brentwood. Through both organizations, Puglise sorts and prepares food to be distributed to children and families in need.
Interested in learning more about how other PSEG Long Island employees are helping improve Nassau, Suffolk and the Rockaways? Visit our website, here. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what we’re doing in your neighborhood.