Camouflage hardhat sales support veterans

By Domenick Graziani

On LI, we raised $9,500 for United Way’s Mission United Program

National Grid’s Long Island employees are proudly showing their support for Long Island veterans by sporting new camouflage-style hardhats at worksites and in their offices. Employees bought the hardhats through a VERG (Veterans Employee Resource Group) fundraising effort to support local Veterans’ programs and initiatives.

On Long Island, employees raised $9,500 through the sale of 340 hardhats and a contribution from the company to benefit United Way’s Mission United program and VetsBuild initiatives, which provide crucial financial assistance and workforce training.

“National Grid consistently shows their dedication to helping Long Island’s veteran population,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “This campaign is the latest example of how the company and their employees join together to develop creative ways to fundraise on behalf of those who have served our country.”

“We have a strong sense of community and commitment towards supporting veterans through our various programs and hiring opportunities,” said Bob De Marinis, VP of Maintenance and Construction New York. “Our employees supported this campaign with their own funds that will stay on Long Island.”

Overall, throughout the company, VERG, with company matching funds, was able to raise more than $32,000, which we will donate to seven different veterans’ charities across our service area.    

Photos courtesy of United Way of Long Island.

Phil Echevarrio sports his new camaouflouge hardhat.


Check presentation – Presenting the $9,500 check to United Way of Long Island are National Grid’s (l to r): Kyle Schmidt, Jim Bodenmiller, Rodney Penney, Phil Echevarrio, Bob De Marinis, Kathleen Murray and Bart Polizzotti; representing United Way of Long Island are Theresa A. Regnante and Maria Grass.


In the field – Rodney Penney, Jim Bodenmiller and Kyle Schmidt wearing their new camouflage hardhats at a jobsite in Lindenhurst.

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Domenick Graziani

Hi, the National Grid Veteran hard hats are offered to employees only. Thank you for your interest!


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