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Giving back to communities that have given so much

Give backFor the past 12 months, twice a month, a team of five to six PSEG employees have met at corporate headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, and volunteered their lunchtime at St. John’s Soup Kitchen preparing hot meals for the men, women and children of the city who cannot afford to feed themselves. Preparing 200 hot meals each visit, 4,800 meals a year, is quite the accomplishment – one that is deserving of the $10,000 Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism (REV) Award of Excellence.

For Jim Meyer, Manager of Transmission Facility Ratings, and his team of more than 40 employees, this is the least they can do to give back to a community that has given them so much.

“We are all one community, and we look to help each other,” said Joan MacDonald, Project Manager – Electric Process & Performance and member of the PSEG St. John’s Soup Kitchen team. “This team represents the true spirit of PSEG – reaching out to those less fortunate and providing a meal, warm smile and a little bit of conversation.”

Despite an ever-growing number of homeless and needy in line for food, St. John’s never has to turn anyone away for lack of volunteers thanks to the commitment from Meyer and team. The reliability and faithfulness of this team and others has enabled St. John’s to open up the Women and Children’s Center and the Men’s Dining Room – both helping give shelter to those who seek it while they enjoy a hot meal.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our mission, and the PSEG volunteers who come to us as a result of the tireless energy of Jim Meyer are our greatest asset,” the Rev. Bismarck Chau said.

St. John’s Soup Kitchen will use the grant to help support their efforts to serve the needy.

For the 17th year, the Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism Awards honor PSEG employees who dedicate their time to help make a difference in our communities. This year’s winners volunteered more than 3,280 hours to 15 different nonprofit organizations in a 12-month time period with one goal in mind – selflessly giving back.

Congratulations to the winners!

2017 Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism Awards

$3,000 Award of Achievement

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Kelly Barb, Staff Engineer

Boy Scouts of America, Twin Rivers Council
William Clancy, Power Plant Manager

Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Inc.
Jeffrey C. Cotton, Principal Engineer

Long Island Leads, Inc.
Michael Holzweiss, Automotive & Equipment Specialist

$1,000 Award of Merit

Furever Friends
Debbie Booz, Learning Programs Manager
FOWA Rescue, Inc.
Jean M. Cadorette, Senior Analyst

Roots Project, Inc.
Stephen Calvanese, Employee Service Rep.

Start II of Bergen County
Diane Dillon, Customer Service Rep.

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
Mark Lovretin, Chief Photographer

Aspiring Kindness Foundation
Michael Merizio, Principal Staff Rates Analyst

Carlstadt/East Rutherford Board of Education
Raymond J. Muszynski, Electric Division Administrator

Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
Kevin J. O’Connell, PSLI Buyer

Stray Catz, Inc.
Darlene Robbins, Clerical Specialist

Scooby-Doo’s Rescue Mission
Jody M. Viviani, Distribution Team Member

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