Jumping to action …

By Ellen Cooke

Caring employees respond to recent MA fires

When big fires in Lowell and Lawrence, MA – on two consecutive weeks – displaced more than 100 people, some caring National Grid employees jumped into action.

Shana Abbott, an analyst in North Andover, MA, is a long-time volunteer with an organization called The Wish Project, which provides donated furniture, household goods and baby products to families in need in the Merrimack Valley communities of MA. Shana also knew just who to call to get donations going at National Grid – her coworker, Senior Program Manager Judy Torrissi, who’s also a Power to Serve Regional Volunteer Council lead in MA.

“I have about 150 people in the company I contact for volunteer efforts like this,” says Judy. “They always come through big time. I asked them this time to donate items, get other people to donate, help collect things, then get it all to the folks that needed it most.”

Within just a week-and-a-half, Judy says we had posters, local drop-off bins and 30 boxes filled with shampoo, soap, clothes and more.

A Wish Project volunteer, surrounded by our donations

Judy and coworkers Fran Boucher, Rishi Sondhi, Corey Sherbino, Christine Curren, Shana Abbott, Marie Raphael, Patricia Low, Shannon Farrell, Dan Sancomb, Deb Meuse and Pat Gingras set up the donation boxes in six MA locations: Amesbury, Beverly, Lowell, North Andover, Waltham (Res Woods) and Worcester. Judy then collected everything up in her N. Andover office location and filled a National Grid van to capacity with the generously donated goods!

The Wish Project recognized us, saying, “Thank you to National Grid for their company-wide donation drive … It’s times like these, when corporate groups step up to support us in our mission, that we are so grateful for the help!”

Click here for the Power to Serve portal, where you’ll find volunteer event opportunities. Power to Serve is your one-stop-shop for community giving and volunteer opportunities.

Click here if you’d like to donate to The Wish Project.


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