Our employees have continued to volunteer in their local communities, giving their time, skills and enthusiasm to support a wide range of projects.
In the US, our Power to Serve employee volunteering programme supports our stewardship and safety principles. It seeks to acknowledge existing community service, as well as to create new volunteer opportunities for employees.
We also support United Way which aims to create a future, through partnerships and collaboration, where all children, youth and families achieve all they can regardless of their background or circumstance. We work with 36 local United Way branches providing total contributions of nearly $3 million per year, including employee pledges and matching corporate donations.
In the UK our employees provided over 14,000 hours of voluntary support to community projects across the country. We have recently come to the end of our two year’s working with Macmillan Cancer Support as our employee chosen charity. Our employees raised over £700,000 with the money being put towards fuel grants to help people living with or recovering from cancer. I am looking forward to seeing which charity our employees choose next to support.
In December 2015 we launched Bringing Energy to Life in the UK. This is a community grants giving programme run by National Grid to support local charity projects and community groups with grants of up to £20,000 in areas where we are working. Up to the end of May 2016 we had awarded just under £180,000 worth of grants to a variety of local community projects.