Since 2016, PSEG employees have been hosting a “Pasta Saturday” every fifth Saturday of the year at Trinity Lutheran Church of Wyandanch.
The volunteers are from PSEG Long Island’s Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG), The Alliance.
“We do it all, from food donations to clean up,” said Renee Crespi, PSEG Long Island employee and member of The Alliance. “We also pack ‘to-go’ meals for each guest to take with them.”
According to the group, The Alliance serves around 100 local residents, which helps supplements the Mercy Inn Soup Kitchen, which runs Monday through Friday.
“There’s no better feeling than giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Gregory Nichols, president PSEG Long Island’s The Alliance. “We’ve been doing this for a number of years, so you get to know many of the people who attend the dinner. That makes it especially rewarding.”
The Trinity Lutheran Church is thankful for the support.
“A successful program takes commitment, efficiency, collaboration and enthusiasm,” said Jacqueline Deville, president of Trinity Lutheran Church Council. “These are characteristics displayed by the PSEG Long Island volunteer group. Relationships have been developed over the years, giving our patrons a sense of security.
Trinity Lutheran Church looks forward to maintaining our partnership with PSEG Long Island for many years to come.”
In addition to Pasta Saturdays, PSEG and its employees continually find different ways to better their communities. “In 2017, PSEG Long Island employees participated in 1,100 events supporting more than 400 organizations,” writes PSEG in a press release.
Top: Volunteers from PSEG Long Island, including Renee Crespi of North Babylon (3rd from R), donned their aprons to share the warmth of a good meal and friendly faces at Wyandanch’s Trinity Lutheran Church’s monthly pasta dinner. (L-R) Bryan Irrgang, Huntington; Greg Nichols, Uniondale; Janice Blocker, Amityville; Curtis Waymer, Freeport; Ellette Green, Brentwood; Gwendolyn Joseph, Freeport; Renee Crespi, North Babylon; Edgar Nemorin, Merrick, and Wilson Charlotin, Huntington. (Courtesy photo)