Power to Serve program honored

By Domenick Graziani

power to serve logoThe American Red Cross on Long Island honored National Grid’s Power to Serve employee volunteer program in June with a prestigious Community Commitment Award at its annual Red and White Dinner Dance.

National Grid has been a long-time supporter and partner to the American Red Cross, especially in natural disasters like Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The company and its employees provided critical funds for relief efforts after the devastating storms and also worked alongside the organization to help with the recovery and rebuilding process.

“National Grid employees work side by side with the Red Cross to support programs to build stronger and more resilient communities, including the Home Fire Safety campaign and Holiday Mail for Heroes,” said Elizabeth Barker, Interim CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island. “Their support has changed lives and provided hope when it’s needed most here in Long Island and across the country. We are so proud to recognize their efforts and our partnership.”

Accepting the award on behalf of National Grid employees were New York President Ken Daly and Senior Vice President of US Operations and Engineering John Bruckner.

Ken_John_RedCrossLI(Photo: Ken Daly and John Bruckner with the American Red Cross on Long Island’s interim CEO Elizabeth Barker)

“We do indeed have a special partnership,” said Ken. “Together, we work in the local communities to help protect lives. We not only work hand-in-hand during emergencies and in times of need, but also every day by promoting and educating Long Islanders about safety. A big thank you to our employees, who make National Grid a great place to work and our communities a great place to live.”

John, who has been a board member of the American Red Cross on Long Island since 2011, added: “Thanks to our employees for all they do to make this kind of night possible. I’m very proud to represent such great people.”

Also in attendance were National Grid employees recognized for their contribution and impact in our communities: Bob Benson, Lynn Falanga, Allen Hecht, Robert Reith, Derrick Smith, Brian Varga and Kyle Wasnieski.

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(Photo: Employees Lynn Falanga and Lee Westerlind)

The Red Cross also presented a special recognition to the members of the American Ex-Prisoners of War on Long Island in a tribute to the original line of service on which the Red Cross was founded 135 years ago. The service men who make up the American Ex-Prisoners of War fought during World War II and were held captive in Europe until 1944 and 1945.

Click here for the video the American Red Cross produced to honor National Grid.

Visit the Power to Serve portal or contact your Regional Volunteer Council or Linda Clark to find out more about how you can get involved in upcoming volunteer events.

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