Surprise Year-End Community Gifts Bring PSEG, PSEG Foundation Total Commitments to $5M Since Start of Pandemic
In the spirit of service, celebration and charity, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation are donating $1.5 million to 14 organizations throughout the New Jersey and Long Island service territories that provide help to thousands of families and individuals who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nonprofit organizations receiving these surprise year-end contributions address needs that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, such as food insecurity, unemployment, mental and physical health, and poverty. The gifts also will provide support for ongoing issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse and child neglect.
“It is our privilege to be able to support community organizations that are providing much-needed assistance to countless families and communities who are facing enormous hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Rick Thigpen, PSEG’s senior vice president for Corporate Citizenship and chairman of the PSEG Foundation. “In the spirit of the season, we’re proud to make these Community Gifts on behalf of our employees across New Jersey and New York, and support these organizations that are helping to make things better for people throughout the many diverse communities we serve.”
With today’s gift, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation have now committed $5 million in foundation and corporate giving initiatives since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to today’s $1.5 million contribution to community organizations, the company and its foundation announced a $2.5 million commitment to pandemic relief organizations in April and the $1 million Powering Equity and Social Justice Initiative in June.
One of the recipients of a PSEG Community Gift was HomeFront, headquartered in Ewing, N.J., whose mission is to end homelessness in central New Jersey.
“The holidays are typically one of the busiest times of the year for organizations like HomeFront, and the need is even greater this year due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” HomeFront Executive Director Connie Mercer said. “This surprise donation from PSEG and the PSEG Foundation comes at the time when our need is greatest. We’re so grateful for the support that companies like PSEG provide — through funding and volunteerism — all year-round. We couldn’t do this without them.”
“We are so grateful for PSEG’s support and grant,” said Mary Robinson, executive director and founder of Mountainside and Newark, N.J.-based Imagine a Center for Coping with Loss. “The Imagine staff and our amazing volunteers are passionate about supporting families coping with traumatic loss and life-altering situations. There is a pandemic of grief right now and the need for support is so great.”
The PSEG Community Gifts are especially meaningful for PSEG’s 13,000 employees.
“The holiday season is traditionally a time for fellowship – not only with our families, but also a time to celebrate with neighbors, coworkers and friends,” said Calvin Ledford Jr., president of the PSEG Foundation and senior director for Corporate Social Responsibility. “Sadly, many traditions have suffered in 2020 – as have the communities we operate in – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to undertake this act of citizenship with support to these charitable organizations so that we can inspire hope for a brighter 2021.”
Organizations receiving PSEG Community Gift donations include:
Association for Mental Health & Wellness, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Camden, N.J.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Hillside, N.J.
Eva’s Village, Paterson, N.J.
Family Service League, Huntington, N.Y.
Food Bank of South Jersey, Pennsauken, N.J.
HomeFront, Ewing, N.J.
Imagine a Center for Coping with Loss, Mountainside, N.J.
Island Harvest, Bethpage, N.Y.
Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex, Montclair, N.J.
Newark Working Kitchens, Newark, N.J.
Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children, Paterson, N.J.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Trenton, N.J.
Youth Consultation Services Inc., Hackensack, N.J.