Employee volunteers and family and friends from Brookhaven Science Associates and volunteers from Island Harvest found themselves working side-by-side on a recent frosty morning, loading food and supplies at a local food pantry. The food and supplies were generously donated by Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages Brookhaven National Laboratory. Island Harvest is Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization and distributes food and supplies to over 570 food pantries. The effort was coordinated by Island Harvest with Nora Detweiler of the Lab’s Community Relations Office. These food items and supplies were made readily available to the Lab’s neighbors in Mastic Beach, many of whom were affected by, and are still trying to recover from, the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Brookhaven Science Associates is the first corporate recovery team to work with Island Harvest.
Once the BSA volunteers finished helping out at the food pantry, many stopped by a private residence to move furniture for an elderly couple who was scheduled to have repair work done to their home after it was damaged by the storm.
“Spending a Saturday morning helping others made the impact of the storm on our community relations very real and personal,” said Suzanne Davidson, chief financial officer at Brookhaven Lab. “Island Harvest and our neighbors in Mastic Beach were very appreciative. It felt good to help out and make a difference to those still struggling after Superstorm Sandy.”
If you are interested in volunteering for future events, please contact Nora Detweiler, Ext. 4458, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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