"Project Warmth" Express takes off at Hempstead Transit Center
NICE Bus joined efforts with United Way Of Long Island and the National Grid Foundation to help promote Project Warmth – Long Island’s only non-governmental emergency fuel fund to help families in need this winter season.
Currently, one out of three households on Long Island struggles to heat their homes during the bitter winter months. Project Warmth is a safety net for these families by providing one-time grants for fuel and/or fuel-related electricity. The #NICEteam was proud to partner with community organizations like United Way for an awareness campaign at The Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center, playfully titled the "Project Warmth Express." Together with National Grid, we helped to notify passengers about how to apply for the heating assistance program.
If you or someone you know needs emergency heating assistance, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Long Island Information and Referral call center by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-888-774-7633) 7 days a week, 9:00am-5:00pm, for referrals to an intake site.
NICE Food Drive benefits Island Harvest
The Nassau Inter-County Express/NICE Bus team joined together to help feed local families in need this holiday season.
Administration, Operators, and Maintenance teamed up to donate about 2,500 nonperishable food items – everything from canned goods and cereals to stuffing and dessert mixes – enough to fill the back of a paratransit vehicle.
The drive took place over the course of two weeks, with boxes quickly overflowing by the end of week one.
NICE Bus volunteers helped sort, bag, and transport the goods to Island Harvest food bank on Friday, Nov. 16th, where they were prepped to be distributed to families in need. The sorted donation made up more than 6 pallets of food, a great start to Island Havest's 10th Annual Turkey Drive.
With help from Transdev, NICE Bus CEO Jack Khzouz was able to present matching $1,000 donation to Island Harvest, to fund turkeys and the fixings for neighborhood tables.
"We had started out with a goal of reaching 1,000 items to match this donation, and I am blown away by the generosity of each department in making a difference for our neighbors this holiday season," said NICE Bus CEO Jack Khzouz. "On behalf of the NICE Bus team, we'd liek to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving."
To find out how you can help Island Harvest make a difference for those in need on Long Island visit www.islandharvest.org.