Earth Day cleanup at “Hole in the Woods”

By Nathan Stone

power to serve logoLeading the way is more about taking action, than talking. Each year National Grid shows its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship by celebrating Earth Day through a series of events where National Grid employee volunteers lead or take part in revitalization projects.

To mark Earth Day 2016, nearly 50 National Grid employees volunteered their Employee volunteerstime at Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY, cleaning up the grounds and buildings as well as painting fences and installing LED lights in preparation for the upcoming season. The camp, affectionately nicked named the “Hole in the Woods Camp,” was established in 1993 by Charles Wood and actor Paul Newman. The camp provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

“Double H needs the help because the kids that come here attend for free,” said Laurie Poltynski, Manager, Community and Customer. “We’re part of the community and we love to help them out.”

Earth-Day-DoubleH-4The prep work was being done in conjunction with a branch-clearing and tree removal project that volunteers from forestry completed last week, providing campers with a view of Lake Vanare from the main grounds. Additionally, an overhead line crew relocated a secondary service drop.

Lisa Wemple, Community Coordinator once again helped pull this project together.

“Our employees embraced the opportunity to return to Double H Ranch to prepare the grounds and buildings for the upcoming season,” she said.

Earth-Day-DoubleH-2The impact that we have here may not be seen by us, but it is certainly felt and appreciated by those at the camp.

”Thank you so much for a great day this past Friday,” said TJ Roode, Development Coordinator at Double H Ranch. “All of the volunteers from National Grid did an amazing job and we are truly appreciative of everything that was accomplished. This is a great partnership and I hope we can continue to keep this relationship for years to come.”

Max Yurenda, CEO and Executive Director of the camp echoed this sentiment.

Earth-Day-DoubleH-1“With deep appreciation, thank you all our friends at National Grid for your continued support and commitment to our organization and kids.”

We also got media coverage locally from both CBS6 and Look TV, a local Saratoga and Warren County station (about 2:20 in,) as well as the Post Star.

All in all, it was a great turnout, and everyone was glad to be part of it. Thanks again to Lisa Wemple for organizing this whole event from the beginning and everyone who stopped by to lend a hand.


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