Bringing promise to the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

By Ellen Cooke

power to serve logo (PTS) Leading with Safety volunteers brought our safety education messages to six schools this year in Western, NY. Like volunteers across our US service area, they taught young people about the importance of natural gas safety, warning signs of carbon monoxide, how to prevent damage to our systems and more. Kids took part in hands-on demonstrations and brought important lessons home to their families.

While all the visits were great, Natalie Terhaar PTS Regional Volunteer Council lead for the region, says, Westminster Charter – in the challenged Buffalo Promise Neighborhood – “was definitely one of the best!

Buffalo_0591John Burke [Manager, NY Substations West] asked the kids to try and pick up a penny with safety gloves on, which had the kids laughing and was really funny to watch. It also gave them a perspective on the need to be safe while working, and the challenges that can present.”

Natalie adds that we already sponsor Westminster Charter’s Science is Elementary program through the University of Buffalo, “so it was nice to bring this additional piece to the kids.”

Leading with Safety employee volunteers in Western NY this year included: Bill Boncal, Bob Brown, Leonard Fiume, Paul Heitzhaus, Dan Manley and Nick Poniatowski.

Buffalo_0600See other Leading with Safety successes this year as we continue our series of stories on this important Power to Serve signature program …

Teaching our children well … in Brooklyn and Staten Island

Power to Serve strikes again  … at Energy Tech H.S. in Long Island City

And … visit the Power to Serve portal or contact your Regional Volunteer Council or Linda Clark to find out more about how you can get involved in the Leading with Safety volunteer program in any US region or to sign up for other upcoming volunteer events. And watch for more stories to come in the future.

Photo IDs –
Bill Brown, Safety & Health Manager, is in the classroom
Bill Boncal, Paul Heitzhaus and Nick Poniatowski in the outside shot


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