Introducing #AVANgives

The Avangrid Foundation 2019 Community Youth Grants

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Meet Ted Novicki. Ted is AVANGRID’s Manager - Key Accounts for both United Illuminating and Central Maine Power. Based in Orange, CT, Ted has long been engaged in the community personally and professionally. Ted currently serves on the Board of the Clifford Beers clinic based in New Haven, Connecticut and is a passionate advocate for health and wellness, stewarding continued growth and expansion of the first out-patient mental health facility in the United States.

Clifford Whittingham Beers was the first advocate for outpatient mental health care in the United States, following his own mental health crisis at the turn of the century. In his 1908 autobiography, Beers bravely wrote about his illness and subsequent confinement to a Connecticut insane asylum. As a result the case was made for outpatient care because: those who are suffering will be better served by remaining in their homes with those who love them while simultaneously getting periodic care/therapy in a nearby community setting grounded in compassion. In 1913, Beers successfully founded what would later become the multifaceted community-based health institution of today. Over a century later, Beers' idea is the global norm and today the Clifford Beers clinic brings leading-edge solutions to children and families seeking mental, physical and social wellness to families in Greater New Haven.


The New Haven Pride Center

We invite your to meet AVANGRID employee Tomy Ortiz, Lead Special Billing Analyst,  who nominated the New Haven Pride Center and Patrick Dunn, their first-ever Executive Director. The Pride Center is working across the LGBTQI+ community to address issues from mental health, education, and arts and culture to combating youth homelessness.

The Avangrid Foundation is dedicated to support of related U.N. Sustainable Development Goals including establishing public-private partnerships, encouraging sustainable communities, and promoting good health and well-being.


Pine Tree Camp in Maine

Andrew Haughey, Central Maine Power’s Lead Waste Material Handler, first came from the U.K to Maine to work at the Pine Tree Camp in 1990. There he made lifelong friendships (including meeting his wife!) and has continued to make support for Pine Tree Camp a family affair ever since.

Pine Tree Camp, a branch of the Pine Tree Society, first opened its gates in 1945 in Rome, Maine as a therapy-oriented summer camp for children with physical disabilities.  Known for continuously innovating to meet the needs of people with a wide range of disabilities, today Pine Tree Camp has evolved into a place where children and adults are able to participate in all the recreational activities for which Maine is known – camping, hiking, swimming and more - all year round in a barrier-free setting focused on community-building and making the otherwise impossible possible.


klein theatre arts program

Angela Owen-Pierce, a lead Customer Service Representative with Southern CT Gas nominated the Klein Theater Arts (KTA) program (formerly After School at the Klein) after witnessing a radical transformation in her daughter Quentessa as a participant. 

The KTA program, the only tuition-free after school arts education program in Bridgeport, Connecticut serves  hundreds of at-risk  youth and adults through music, dance and drama instruction with a focus on building self-confidence and social behavior skills. KTA also offers a technical production certification which provides job and career opportunities to youth. KTA is based at Klein Memorial Auditorium is a 1,450-seat performing arts center that serves as a hub for Bridgeport and surrounding communities and one of only seven Broadway-sized stages remaining in Connecticut. A historic icon in its own right, having hosted the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr.,  it occupies the former site of Iranistan, the famed mansion of Bridgeport resident, P.T. Barnum. 

We invite you to meet Angela, Quentessa and the staff of the KTA and learn more about this Bridgeport Gem!



For Gerard Morin, a Manager at AVANGRID and based in Portland, Maine the mission of the Center for Grieving Children is personal.  His wife is a Center employee, and for years he has been moved by the hundreds of stories about individuals and families who have been helped by the Center to find resilience and healing at their most vulnerable: when experiencing grief and loss. Each year, the Center serves more than 4,000  (66,000 since 1987) children, teens, families, and young adults overcome trauma and loss in their daily lives – from leaving war-torn countries, to the loss of a parent or guardian to dealing with illness.  The Center is unique in many ways, providing all series at no cost and employing a community-based model that offers immediate intervention, peer support, outreach, and education delivered through a small staff and the help of over 28,000 volunteer hours.  In the words of Executive Director Ann Heros, the Center is all about community:  “By helping [families] and propping them as a society, they’re getting surrounded by a love that is unconditional...and when everything else falls away, what’s left is the human connection and community.” Watch here to learn their story!



Brigitte Diaz, an RG&E employee and her husband Unai Anton, a contractor working at RG&E, had been brainstorming for a while about two important things: 1) they wanted to get involved in their adopted community and 2) they wanted to have fun as a family while doing it! Brigitte came across a flyer in the RG&E break room for Compeer, an organization that connects mentors to at-risk and other-abled youth and adults to improve well-being, mental health and inclusion through a community-based model of volunteers - just like Brigitte and Unai – and they soon signed up!

Started in Rochester in 1973, Compeer has grown from a small local program to an internationally recognized mental wellness model and organization — one that has demonstrated results and been replicated around the globe. In Rochester, Brigitte and Unai were matched up to be mentors to Josue and Sanet  and a after a year together, 11- year- old Josue and 15 -year -old Sanet are like family, joining them on outings and special events with their four children (their first Halloween!) and blossoming into healthy young adults. Please join us to meet Josue and Sanet, and hear how Brigitte and Unai are living the Compeer motto: “Just a few hours a month can have a life-changing impact.”

The Avangrid Foundation is dedicated to support of related U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, including

promoting the alleviation of poverty, good health and well-being, quality education, reducing inequalities, and establishing public-private partnerships.