At NRG Home, we’re dedicated to investing in our local communities through charitable giving, employee volunteering and partnerships with local organizations. To achieve our mission to strengthen the communities we serve, we focus on community development, energy efficiency and our environment, and health and well-being. Below you will find out about all the great ways we give back to our communities.
Our Choose to Give program to helps deliver our mission to make community a top priority for our customers. This unique program allows customers to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others by simply paying an electricity bill. After enrollment in a Choose to Give plan, NRG makes contributions to one of our community partners that our customer has chosen: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, Boston Children's Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Philabundance. The Choose to Give program makes it easy for customers to help change lives and make a positive impact with their everyday energy needs.
NRG Gives, is funded by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation, allowing us to donate money supporting charitable projects and programs in our local communities. What makes NRG Gives so special is that our very own employees nominate organizations that are important to them, so we can focus on giving back to the communities in which we work and live.
Our employees nominate deserving organizations, and then our customers vote for the Grand Prize donation recipient. Winners of the grand prize include MANNA and DREAM and Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
NRG honors our commitment to making a difference in our community during positiveNRG Week. In 2017, NRG contributed more than $150,000 to local nonprofits and volunteered 148 hours.
NRG participated in the Tour de Cure, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The event at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA featured long and short rides. NRG, via #positiveNRG, was the national Tour de Cure sponsor. NRG’s contribution helped the event raise more than $350,000!
This year’s NRG Gives second place winner was College Possible Philadelphia. The nonprofit makes college admission and success possible for low-income students in the United States through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.
This year's NRG Gives third place winner was Canine Partners for Life. The nonprofit provides and sustains professionally trained service and companion dogs to individuals with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities or who are in other situations of need.
In 2017, NRG sponsored the Red Ball, which helped the Red Cross raise more than $300,000 for Red Cross House. In 2016, through the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation, the Red Cross House received a $36,000 donation to purchase new air conditioners and to make other improvements. Our own NRG employees also volunteered in the Red Cross kitchen.
Every spring, the March of Dimes holds a nationwide March for Babies. NRG has been a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia event since 2015. NRG employees team up to raise money through group office activities including bake sales and coin wars. Local businesses are also invited to support the cause. To date, we have raised over $50,000 for this special cause.
In 2016, NRG donated hundreds of duffle bags to Turning Points for Children, an organization that places 25-35 children in foster care homes each month. These duffle bags were used to distribute Comfort Cases, care packages for children entering a new foster home.
Media Flag Football Game
Since 2013, NRG has hosted the NRG Charity Flag Football Game in which media personalities from 6abc Action News, FOX 29, philly.com and WMMR compete for local charities. In 2016, $30,000 was donated across nine local charities on behalf of each participating player.
During the 2017 NFL Draft held in Philadelphia, NRG hosted a Media Combine, where local media personalities competed in football combine-style drills to win money for their favorite charities.