The Jefferson Awards Foundation Expands Public Service Initiatives in Eastern Massachusetts With Support From National Grid

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It is through the team’s unwavering support and commitment to the well being of its constituents, that we are able to continue to power social good and generate remarkable impact across the nation.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to powering and celebrating public service, has expanded to Eastern Massachusetts with support from National Grid. As the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast, and one of the largest electricity delivery companies in the region, National Grid has participated in the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) Champions Program for the past eight years, and is engaging again this year with programs and events focused in and around Brockton, Mass.

As a JAF Champion, National Grid celebrates and activates its stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers), supports JAF youth initiatives building the next generation of service leaders and works with JAF media partners to highlight and celebrate the very best grassroots unsung heroes in America. National Grid just recently expanded its involvement to sponsor the building of a JAF Leadership Community in Eastern Massachusetts.

“Over the past eight years, we have worked closely with National Grid, who shares our mission and vision to realize and activate public service in the Greater Boston area and beyond,” said Hillary Schafer, Executive Director of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. “It is through the team’s unwavering support and commitment to the well being of its constituents, that we are able to continue to power social good and generate remarkable impact across the nation.”

National Grid team has been an avid supporter of JAF, serving on the Board of Selectors and participating members of the JAF Eastern Massachusetts Local Advisory Board. With National Grid’s help and focus on the Brockton, Mass. region, JAF hosted a Students In Action (SIA) conference, one of JAF’s key youth programs, which produces positive results in underserved schools in Eastern Massachusetts. Held on November 4, over 100 students and advisors attended the region’s first SIA conference. In addition, National Grid also activated JAF’s LEAD360 program “Future Isn’t Hungry” as part of their Hunger Action Month.

Through the support of and partnership with National Grid, JAF will continue to build strong community partnerships and establish a solid foundation for its growth in E. Massachusetts.
“National Grid is proud of its long-standing relationship with the Jefferson Awards Foundation and we take great pride in its meaningful contributions to the communities we serve,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “We are committed to encouraging public service and creating maximum impact with the support of JAF’s programs and initiatives.”

About the Jefferson Awards Foundation
The Jefferson Awards Foundation is the country’s most prestigious and longest standing organization dedicated to powering and celebrating public service. JAF’s programs accelerate and amplify service, training and activating Americans to take action, and to be leaders in schools, communities, workplaces, and the world. With celebration, JAF says thank you, shares the stories of America’s best citizens, empowering them to do more and inspiring all to take action. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: or engage with our community on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About National Grid
National Grid is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).

For more information please visit our website, or our Connecting website, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook, find our photos on Instagram.

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