Building each other up

By Tim Rondeau

Summer in New England can run the gamut weather-wise.  But on August 30, it was 95 degrees in the shade.  While many were running towards the air conditioner to beat the heat, a committed group of volunteers from National Grid packed up their tools and water bottles and headed down to Exeter to help build a duplex home with the Red Sox Foundation and South County Habitat for Humanity.

Tim Horan kicked off the day of service by greeting and thanking our employees for their participation.

“It’s always encouraging to see our people rally around an important project,” said Valerie Bellrose, Community Coordinator for Rhode Island.  “The heat was tough but our employees are tougher.”

Our volunteers were tasked with building the foundation of the home.  Adorned in hard hats and safety gear, employees drilled, sanded and performed various other tasks in order to build the base of the house.

The Red Sox Foundation and Habitat for Humanity both set up booths with information about their respective organizations, while handing out water and t-shirts.  And as always, The Red Sox Foundation brought the Commissioner’s Trophy from their World Series Championships, standing proudly alongside our hard working volunteers.

Tim wasn’t the only special guest in attendance at the event.  Wally the Green Monster also stopped by the site to take a few photos with everyone.

The new residence is expected to be completed later this year.

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