Farewell Message from Jean Diggs, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Dear Weatherization Colleague,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this message to say so long for now. On the one hand, after 41 years and five months, it is time for me to move on and in my head I know this. But on the other hand, in my heart, I sincerely wish I could stay on with you to fight the good Weatherization fight for as long as it takes. You are truly some of the most compassionate, committed professionals with whom I have had the distinct privilege and deep personal honor of working with for the last 34 plus years! Whether I have known you for a short time or for many, many years, I continue to be amazed at just how great you are and at all the wonderful activities you perform.

I know that on a daily basis you give much more of yourselves and your talents than we could ever repay. I could recite many stories of your giving back to your fellow citizens. Stories of how Grantees go above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was needed to allow subgrantees to perform the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures possible. Stories of how some of the crews often share their lunches with those less fortunate. Stories of how crew members give of their time on week-ends and other days off to help those in need. And many other stories of your going above and beyond to serve our Country’s most vulnerable. You have inspired me over the years to do all that I can, as well.

I know I have been blessed to have a career doing something I believe in so deeply and working with folks I trust and hold in such high regard. You are all very special to me and I have truly enjoyed a good working relationship and indeed, friendship, with you over the years. And I must say, there is no one else with whom I would want to be in the trenches than all of you!

Please accept my thanks and gratitude for 34 plus years of working among some of the most dedicated professionals in the world.

Please take good care of this program and each other. Always remember, if you don’t, who will? I wish each of you a very happy, healthy holiday season and continued success in making Weatherization Work!

All My Best,