Volunteering with an organization close to my heart has always been important to me. Since I started working at PSEG Long Island five years ago, I have been volunteering with The Bryan Jacobson Foundation (BJF). BJF is an organization that was established to honor Bryan Jacobson, who committed suicide in 2010. Their mission is to help people by inspiring, nurturing and promoting the betterment of the human spirit that is present in everyone, all while raising awareness for suicide prevention.
When I moved to a new neighborhood about ten years ago, we became friendly with our new neighbors, the Jacobsons. We learned more about the charitable organization they set up in honor of their brother, Bryan, and were inspired by the work they were doing to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. We wanted to help in any way we could. I, along with my family, have attended some really special events for the foundation, including their social gala, as well as making our own monetary contributions to this remarkable cause.
In March 2019, The Bryan Jacobson Foundation sponsored 12 runners participating in the New York City Half Marathon. Team BJF raised more than $10,000, and I’m proud to say that not only did I run the half marathon, but my oldest daughter Hayley was also inspired to participate by cheering us on in the New York City streets. We both had an amazing experience, and I love that I’m teaching my children about the importance of giving back and putting time aside from their own busy schedules to help others.
Being a part of The Bryan Jacobson Foundation is one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I look forward to supporting this cause in the future, as well as showing my fellow PSEG Long Island employees what volunteering can do for you.