National Grid, City Year Team Up to Spruce Up English High School

Nearly 30 National Grid employees volunteered with City Year Boston at English High School in Jamaica Plain for a recent day of service. National Grid’s US President Dean Seavers and Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, were on hand and kicked off the day. “I’m always impressed by the dedication and stewardship displayed by our people,” Reed said to the group. “We love being a City Year team sponsor for the English High School; coming together and doing something that’s positive and helpful for the students.”

The participating volunteers assembled more than 550 school supply kits, cleaned out two garden beds, painted outdoor benches, and picked up waste around the high school campus. "National Grid has been a critical philanthropic partner with City Year Boston for many years, supporting our teams of AmeriCorps members and their service to the students of the Boston Public Schools,” said Kristen af Klinteberg, managing director at City Year Boston.

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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Boston Celtics and City Year Volunteers Host 7th Annual Service Day at Jamaica Plain School

More than 150 volunteers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its Foundation, the Boston Celtics and City Year, joined forces last Friday to transform the outdoor learning and recreational space of the Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, just in time for the new school year. Joining the volunteers were Boston Celtics Forward, Jared Sullinger, and “Lucky” the Leprechaun, who hosted basketball clinics for the students. The day began with an Opening Ceremony featuring remarks by Harvard Pilgrim CEO and President, Eric Schultz; Boston Celtics President, Rich Gotham; and, Hennigan Elementary School Principal, Maria Cordon. “One of the ways Harvard Pilgrim supports the Boston community is by providing local students with the tools they need to succeed in school, including a clean, safe environment and a full backpack,” said Schultz. “We are fortunate to have such strong, longtime partners like Mayor Walsh, the Boston Celtics and City Year, who know the value of working together to build healthy, vibrant communities.”

Volunteers spent the day painting colorful murals and games on the school’s walls and blacktop, enhancing its gardens and grounds and helping to clean up the orchards and meadows at neighboring Nira Rock Urban Wild.

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