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New National Grid Hardhats Support Long Island Veterans

February 2, 2017 (Deer Park, NY) – Employees of National Grid and members of IBEW Local 1049 are proudly showing their support for Long Island veterans by sporting new camouflage-style hardhats on worksites. The total of $9,500 raised through sales of 340 hardhats and a contribution from National Grid will benefit United Way’s Mission United and VetsBuild initiatives, providing crucial financial assistance and workforce training.

“National Grid consistently shows their dedication to helping Long Island’s veteran population,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “This hardhat campaign is the latest example of how the company and their employees join together to develop creative ways to fundraise on behalf of those who have served our country. We thank them, and encourage everyone who sees National Grid employees wearing these new hardhats to extend their thanks as well.”

“We are very proud of our employees for their continued support of veterans,” said Bob DeMarinis, Vice President of Maintenance and Construction New York, National Grid. “At National Grid there is a strong sense of community and commitment towards supporting veterans, through our various programs and hiring opportunities. Our employees supported the camouflage hardhat project with their own funds that will stay on Long Island through our strong partnership with United Way and their dedicated VetsBuild and Mission United programs. It is heartwarming to know the results of our employees support will go towards connecting American heroes with critical services that lead to financial independence.”

To learn more about United Way of Long Island’s Mission United program, visit   

Top photo caption (L to R): National Grid presents United Way of Long Island with $9,500 raised from the sales of new hard hats that benefit veterans on Long Island. From National Grid, Kyle Schmidt, Jim Bodenmiller, Rob Penney, Phil Echevarrio, Bob DeMarinis, Kathleen Murray, Bart Pollzzotti with Theresa A. Regnante and Maria Grass, Chair of the Board of United Way of Long Island.

Bottom photo caption: Rob Penney, Jim Bodenmiller and Kyle Schmidt wearing their new hardhats on a jobsite in Lindenhurst

About United Way of Long Island
United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health.  We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit, Facebook or Twitter

About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization.)

For more information please visit our website:, or our Connecting website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on You Tube, Friend us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.