Spreading motivation

By Ellen Cooke

Contributing editor:  Avraham Kalban

As part of their ‘day job’, the Downstate New York Work Support Team is making great strides in business and process improvements. In addition to their focus on performance and productivity, the team is also proud of their growing commitment to giving back to local communities.

From planting gardens, to helping kids in need, to spreading holiday cheer, “We’ve been starting to do more and more volunteer work and it really helps bring us all together, office and field workers, everyone. It’s a great feeling,” says Esther Duverger, Senior Supervisor Operations.

The team Esther’s talking about is her DNY Work Support Team (part of Gas Operations Support) – 12 employees in Hicksville and nine in various yards throughout Long Island.

In April, they participate each year in our annual Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon.

This past October, you could find them pruning and weeding crops for Island Harvest at Mosaic Farms. (This followed a similar successful volunteer event where the group’s leadership team built flower beds at a local community garden.)

Getting ‘down to earth’ are (l-r) Kyra Richardson, Melissa Trotman, Alyssa Davan, Leroy Lewis, Esther Duverger, Keshia Black, Amanda Allen, Cess Jones, Frank Orlik, Kevin Sheehy and Lois Griggs

And in December, the team purchased and donated ‘mugs of motivation’ for the Hope House Ministries (HHM) collection. People who stay at HHM all come in a common room for coffee every day. “They were meant to motivate the guests and just give them a little lift. Helping others is motivating us too,” Esther says. Esther also acknowledges coworker, Analyst Sarah Khan – who helped organize and arrange delivery of the mugs.

Diana Manteria (Lead Analyst, Public Awareness Melville) – and board member of the Hands Together NY community volunteer group – delivered the mugs to HHM, where she does a lot of other volunteer work. She said, “HHM is near and dear to my heart … I’m always looking for more opportunities to help this great organization. The mugs were just one more ‘nice touch’ to improving people’s lives there.”

Spreading holiday motivation are (l-r back row) Margaret Paglia, Keshia Black, Melissa Trotman, Gayyell Cammock and Esther Duverger and (l-r front row) Lois Griggs and Alyssa Davan

Esther says her group’s year-round volunteering keeps energizing them to do more: “We’re not done giving, we’re only just beginning. This is a team that really cares and stands behind National Grid’s commitment of ‘Here with you, here for you’.”


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