PSEG Long Island Honors Veterans with a Week of Community Service
Employees will improve American Legion halls, VA hospital and home of World War II vet
(Uniondale, NY – Nov. 5, 2019) – PSEG Long Island will be celebrating veterans throughout the week of Veterans Day by improving the homes and facilities of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, including the home of a former tail gunner in a World War II bomber. Starting Nov. 12, dozens of employees will be painting, landscaping and cleaning at seven locations across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The theme of the week of service is “Vets Helping Vets.”
“Supporting our communities is a huge part of PSEG Long Island’s employee culture,” said Daniel Eichhorn, president and COO of PSEG Long Island. “We are also proud to employ many veterans of our armed forces. During this time of year, when the nation recognizes the sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country, we felt it was especially important to devote our community service to improving veterans’ lives.”
Tuesday, Nov. 12
PSEG Long Island will simultaneously participate in two community service projects for veterans.
At 629 Provost Ave. in Bellport, more than 20 PSEG Long Island employees, five of them military veterans, will spend the day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) preparing a Habitat for Humanity house for its new homeowner, who is also a veteran. The demolition work will include removing existing windows and siding outside and removing sheetrock, doors and cabinets inside. PSEG Long Island is sponsoring the build event.
At the same time, more than a dozen PSEG Long Island employees will spend the day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) cleaning and painting at the Nassau University Medical Center "Vet Mart" (2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Bldg. "Q,” East Meadow). The volunteers will scrub walls and hallways and paint the food pantry, built-in cabinets and two hallways.
The Vet Mart is a food pantry for veterans run by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency. The facility provides the opportunity for military veterans in need to shop in a private setting for food and personal care items free of charge.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
More than a dozen PSEG Long Island employees will spend the day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) beautifying American Legion Post 1082 (294 Bellmore Rd.) in East Meadow.
The group, which includes several veterans, will remove trash, debris and old furniture, paint, pull out old carpet and lay new carpet, install new energy efficient LED lighting and renovate the space on the second floor. Preliminary work performed at the building this week included upgrading outdoor lighting to energy-efficient LEDs, clearing out debris and staining a large deck. At this location, several government officials, including Hempstead Councilman Dennis Dunne, will be on site midday to lend their support.
The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization aimed at advocating patriotism across the country. Its members are all active-duty veterans who have served between Dec. 7, 1941 and today.
Thursday, Nov. 14
More than 20 PSEG Long Island employees will participate in a major painting project at the American Legion Post 175 in Syosset (68 Berry Hill Road) all day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.). The beautification project will include painting ceilings and walls.
Simultaneously, two projects at the Northport VA Medical Center (79 Middleville Rd., Northport) will beautify the outdoor and indoor space for veterans living on and visiting the grounds. Nearly 20 PSEG Long Island employees will spend the day (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden, which is a place for reflection for the veterans staying on the campus and a destination for veterans and others in the community seeking to pay tribute to Long Island’s military population. The group will be hand-weeding between the pavers of the memorial walkway and removing weeds in the two-acre garden area, along with raking and bagging fallen fall leaves.
Inside, a dozen PSEG Long Island employees will spend the day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) working with residents to beautify the interior of Building 92, which is one of the VA’s long-term care units. With bows, military flags, football and fall motif crafting supplies, the employees will help the residents, most of whom are veterans of WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars, make fall and football-themed wreaths to hang around the building or in their rooms, and centerpieces for the dining room’s Thanksgiving dinner.
Friday, Nov. 15
Nearly 20 PSEG Long Island employees, several of whom are military veterans, will make improvements to the John J. Lynch Veterans Place (32 Mill Road) in Yaphank, a facility that provides free transitional housing for veterans. They will spend the day (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) painting the walls and ceilings in several rooms and bathrooms, replacing lightbulbs with energy efficient LEDs and repairing some furniture.
Some of the work, like spackling, was completed by PSEG Long Island employees over the past two weeks to prep for this day of community service. PSEG Long Island employees also donated a brand new barbecue grill and tools, plus dozens of brand-new blankets and sheet sets.
Simultaneously, more than a dozen PSEG Long Island employees will conduct an all-day (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) yard cleanup at the Northport home of a World War II veteran. As a tail gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress, Clem Novak not only flew missions over enemy territory, but he survived being shot down.
The group from PSEG Long Island is honored to serve this 98-year old veteran by clearing several year old overgrown brush and shrubs, removing yard waste and debris and raking. They will also remove a large tree in the backyard that fell several years ago. Inside the home, the team will install energy efficient LED lightbulbs and assist the American Red Cross to install smoke detectors. The team also has other surprises for this deserving war veteran throughout the day.
PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves by actively supporting hundreds of local charity events each year through the company’s Community Partnership Program. Last year, PSEG Long Island employees logged 26,000 service hours, at 1,145 fundraising and community events to support more than 400 organizations. For more information on how PSEG Long Island supports the communities it serves, visit https://www.psegliny.com/community.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.