National Volunteer Week kicked off on April 23, and this week, our employees are going the extra mile to give back to the communities across Long Island and the Rockaways. Volunteering is an integral part of working at PSEG Long Island, and an important part of the company’s mission. We’re celebrating this country-wide effort with additional philanthropic events in the communities we proudly serve.
We’re participating in over 30 events throughout the week, and will wrap up with March of Dimes on April 30. Take a look at some of the highlights from this week, and see where we’ll be over the next few days.
April 24: Red Cross Fire Safety
On Monday, our employees joined forces with the American Red Cross of Long Island to assist seniors with installing smoke detectors in their homes in Stony Brook. Volunteers also took time to install complimentary LED bulbs and discussed energy efficiency and money-saving tips with the community. More pictures here.
April 25: Island Harvest Food Pantry
Volunteers headed to Island Harvest in Hauppauge on Tuesday to help pack and distribute food to food pantries and soup kitchens. PSEG Long Island works closely with the non-profit on a regular basis to help ensure Long Islanders don’t go hungry. More pictures here.
April 26: The INN and Quogue Wild Life Refuge
Our employees spent the morning at the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead to serve lunch to clients, while other employees went further east to clean up the wild life refuge in Quogue.
The Mary Brennan INN is the largest soup kitchen on Long Island and serves anywhere from 300-500 guests per day. More pictures here.
April 27: Estate Clean-Up, Long Island Children’s Museum
Despite cloudy weather, our volunteers headed outside to Brookwood Hall in East Islip to clean up the grounds for spring. The historic estate is now home to Islip’s town buildings.
Later, our resident safety instructor Pete Hornick taught students at the Long Island Children’s Museum about the importance of electric safety and how to make smart decisions around electricity. More pictures here.
April 28: Prom Dress Donations, Feeding Homeless Vets
Prom season is here, and our employees helped local students in need, thanks to Nassau Community College and the Long Island Volunteer Center. The organizations held their annual “Prom Boutique,” where girls are able to shop for a donated gown, shoes and jewelry, free of charge.
At night, employees headed to the Northport Veteran’s Association to prep meals and serve food to veterans in need.
April 29 & 30: Arbor Day Family Fest, Color-A-Thon April, March of Dimes
This weekend, volunteers will help out at the Arbor Day Family Fest in Oyster Bay, which offers families arts, crafts, live music, tree planting and more.
On Sunday, hundreds of PSEG Long Island volunteers and their friends and families will head to Jones Beach for the March of Dimes walk. The event supports the health of premature babies, infant mortality and birth defects. We’ve already raised over $41,000 and are the No. 1 fundraiser for the event!
See more pictures from this year’s volunteer efforts here.
Tell us why you volunteer!
In 2016, employees spent nearly 19,000 hours volunteering at 786 events. Why do you volunteer? Share your reasons and experiences in the comments section.