Stand Down Weekend unites veterans and volunteers

By Tim Rondeau

National Grid employees had their “boots on the ground” during Operation Stand Down Weekend, an annual expo of services benefiting homeless and low income veterans residing in Rhode Island.  Operation Stand Down’s mission is “to help homeless and at-risk veterans secure stable housing.” sd3

And that they did. During the three day event that took place September 16-18, 2016 in Cumberland’s Diamond Hill State Park, 439 veterans were helped by over 50 service providers in medical, dental, and various other fields. Over 70 National Grid employees volunteered their time during Stand Down Weekend.

National Grid was also the official sponsor of the “Boots on the Ground” memorial, the tribute displayed pairs of work boots placed in a circle around the American flag in remembrance of fallen Rhode Island service members.

Dee DeQuattro, Operation Stand Down’s Director of Communications and Development expressed great pride in the volunteer turn-out. “We would not have enjoyed such a high level of success without all of the volunteers that came together to help us make this possible,” Dee said. “From set up to break down the volunteers were right there in the field with us working hard to make sure the event ran flawlessly and that the veterans received the highest level of services possible.”

This type of community investment is embedded deeply in the culture of our company. “Volunteering is not something I have to do… it’s what I want to do,” offers employee Deb Tikoian. “Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant.  There is always someone out there that needs what you have to give.”

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