Long Island volunteers help repair Sandy-damaged house

National Grid’s ‘Power to Serve’ volunteer program in action

Coming together for their first formal effort under the new Power to Serve volunteer program, employees in the Long Island Regional Volunteer Council gathered in January to repair a house in Woodmere.

The event on January 24 was a collaboration among National Grid, the Long Island Volunteer Center and NECHAMA, a voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide. (Nechama, incidentally, is the Hebrew word for “comfort.”)

Matt Dorsey, manager of Customer & Community Management for Long Island, led the team of 10 employees who spent the day repairing walls of a house that was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy, when a tree fell through its roof.

communityvolunteers-woodmereThe team that volunteered with Matt included employees Jeanne Murphy, Kiel Costella, Laura McNeill, Keith Sperling, Chris Lima, Ron Angst, John Schroeder, Kevin Quinn, and Steve Longo.

The team received positive feedback from Ross Topol, program coordinator for NECHAMA, who expressed his thanks in an email to Community Coordinator Lauren Perry.

“I stopped by and got to meet all of the volunteers and it was a great group of folks,” Ross wrote. “I know for a fact that all of our staff had an amazing time with your volunteers and everyone was very positive about the experience.”

Power to Serve is National Grid’s volunteer program, and includes nine Regional Volunteer Councils – employees who serve as resources for those interested in volunteering – that are organized across our jurisdictions.

For more information about the program, see the Power to Serve page.

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