Hitting the soil!
Residents in Huntington Station, Long Island are busy planting their veggies and flowers at Long Island’s largest community garden – recently cleaned, and ‘greened’ up by National Grid employee volunteers. Children in Brightwaters, LI are happily swinging and ‘see-sawing’ on playground-safe mulch, spread by our employee volunteers at Wohseepee Park Playground.
More than 100 employees were out in force recently, pounding, and tilling, the soil for these Power to Serve Earth Day volunteer events.
At Gateway Community Garden, that included everything from raking, planting, weeding, watering, removing debris and moving large piles of mulch via wheelbarrows for composting. This organic garden features beds specifically designed for children and easy wheelchair access. And gardeners of all ages and backgrounds get to grow real food and learn about sustainable agriculture.
Local politicians, media and executives from both the company and the garden were on hand to pitch in and applaud our efforts. “I’m so proud of our employee Earth Day volunteers, who work to make every day Earth Day for the benefit of our local communities,” said NY President Ken Daly, who brought his teenage daughter Kristen to help.
And Gateway Community Garden’s Frances Whittesly couldn’t thank employees enough: “You guys are FANTASTIC,” she said.
Several miles south and east on the very same day, volunteers once again hit the soil on Long Island. This time, it was our Gas Construction Team from the Brightwaters Yard – spreading goodwill, and more than 40 yards of mulch, at a local playground. “The team had a great day and the Village of Brightwaters could not be happier with National Grid,” said Lee Westerlind, Manager Community & Customer Management – Long Island.
Great work everyone and, if you haven’t yet, please join us in our Grid Goes Green social media campaign, which runs through the end of May