Volunteers Out in Force!

Employees who participated in AVANGRID’s annual Volunteer Day, Saturday, Sept. 29 addressed a variety of needs in our local communities. Conservation-minded employees worked on trail maintenance, wildlife habitat development, fish-stock restoration and recreational park clean ups. Employees looking to help their communities serve those in need built housing, built stuffed bears for children, installed smoke detectors, organized a warming shelter, distributed diapers, organized donations to food pantries and clothing collections, developed space at a home for female veterans and shared a meal with homeless neighbors.

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Across AVANGRID’s Networks and Renewables territories in the US, more than 360 employees with their families and friends, participated in the annual volunteer event. Doug Herling, president and CEO of CMP helped out at the Augusta Maine Warming Shelter, an organization that also receives funding through the Avangrid Foundation. “I’m proud to be part of a group of people that steps up during our company’s annual observance, and also year-round for local schools, churches, and non-profits,” he said.


In Portland, OR, some Avangrid Renewables staff went right from the executive boardroom to a local Build-A-Bear where, after some stuffing and decorating, they delivered their creations to a Ronald McDonald House.

In Binghamton, New York, project organizer Bob Pass of Public Affairs received this note of thanks from the program director at CHOW – a local food pantry that hosted a team of volunteers: “Thank you again for the help on Saturday. Your team did such an incredible job. They boxed 4,320 pounds of recovered food and 1,304 pounds of non-perishable food. We are so grateful. Please pass along my thanks.”


In Connecticut, AVANGRID’s Cliff Cronan and Begona Sevilla helped landscape East Rock Park in New Haven, Conn. and James Rincon swung a hammer at a Habitat for Humanity project in Bridgeport, Conn. Then all three ran together the next day in the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge road race in Fairfield, Conn. and the AVANGRID team took home the 2nd Place trophy in the Corporate Division.


But it was Kristina Podoski, lead analyst, Regulatory Accounting, AVANGRID based in Portland, Maine who receives the AVANGRID Engagement prize for the weekend – she actually volunteered for two projects, Maine Audubon on Friday afternoon, and the Maine Conservation Corps on Saturday with her husband Rob. Then on Sunday she ran a relay leg in the Maine Marathon on a team with fellow employees.

AVANGRID’s annual Volunteer Day is part of the global Iberdrola effort to send employees from around the world into our local communities to make a difference.