Nearly 400 Long Island children went back to school with full backpacks this month thanks to employees at PSEG Long Island.
Thousands of boxes of crayons, pencils, notebooks, rulers and more were collected by two dozen employee volunteers for their annual school supply drive. The donated items were then packed into n backpacks and brought to local food pantries, outreach centers and other organizations to be distributed to local school children.
“I am continuously amazed by the generosity and thoughtfulness of our employees,” said Nancy Campo, president of PSEG Long Island’s Employee Outreach Council. “Every year we put the call out and every year, they come through with generous donations for our area school kids and a willingness to pitch in and get the job done.”
The rising cost of school supplies can have a significant impact on parents and household budgets. In 2018, the estimated cost of school supplies was over $600 for children in elementary school, over $900 for middle school students and over $1,300 for high school students.
PSEG Long Island Employee Outreach Council’s mission is to coordinate support for the specific needs of the communities it serves, in order to build and strengthen connections between PSEG Long Island, its employees and its neighbors.
PSEG Long Island regularly works with local nonprofit organizations through its Community Partnership Program. In 2017, employee volunteers participated in 1,100 events supporting more than 400 organizations. To learn more visit psegliny.com/inthecommunity/communitypartnership.