National Grid and the Red Sox team up to help RI children

By Darlene Masse

Employee-VolunteersOn a spectacular summer day, more than 50 volunteers from National Grid and the Red Sox Foundation came together to brighten the lives of those who are benefiting from the services provided by St. Mary’s Home for Children in Rhode Island.

Located on seven acres in the historic Fruit Hill section of North Providence, St. Mary’s Home for Children has been a fixture in the community for more than a century. It serves as an educational and therapeutic residence and sanctuary for kids who have suffered from heart-breaking trauma.

Carlene Casciano-McCann, Executive Director of St. Mary’s Home for Children, kicked off the volunteer efforts on August 4th by thanking everyone for their involvement. “Our children need safe and calm places to heal,” Carlene said. “Your work today is helping to create those spaces.”

Employees-PaintingVolunteers spent the day on a number of outdoor improvement projects, including:

  • Sanding and painting picnic tables.
  • Assembling bikes for the kids.
  • Painting the basketball court.
  • Landscaping and cutting the grass.
  • Painting murals for the gymnasium.
  • Painting an outdoor shed.

Not only did St. Mary’s Home for Children benefit from these efforts, but the volunteers did too, ending the day with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and gratitude in their ability to contribute. “It was my first experience volunteering through National Grid, and it felt good being able to work hand-in-hand with my colleagues and give back to children in need,” said Carlos Silva, National Grid’s Supervisor for Contractor Oversight, who spent hours mowing several acres of lawn. Carlos is one of hundreds of employees who give back annually through National Grid’s “Power to Serve” employee volunteer program.

National Grid and the Red Sox Foundation have been working together for the past two years on a series of community service events in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This is the second of three community volunteer projects that National Grid and the Red Sox Foundation are hosting in Rhode Island this year. The first volunteer event was at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, and the last one will be held in September. Stay tuned for details on how to volunteer.

Additionally, a group of children from St. Mary’s Home for Children will be special guests at the August 13th Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston as part of the Red Sox Foundation’s outreach efforts.

collage of employee volunteers

Top two photos: North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi stops by St. Mary’s Home for Children to thank volunteers.

Bottom left: National Grid volunteers Allison Mahn and Carl Neff spent time landscaping. 

Bottom right: National Grid volunteer Carlos Silva enjoyed volunteering with National Grid.

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