NRG Home has introduced a new community giving program, NRG Gives, funded by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation. This program is intended to support nonprofit organizations that are important to our employees. NRG employees had the opportunity to nominate organizations to receive charitable donations, which were reviewed by a committee of employees, then sent to the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation Board for final selection.
The charity with the most votes at the end of the voting period will take first place and receive $100,000; the second place charity will receive $10,000; and the third place charity will receive $5,000.
Thank you to all who supported NRG Gives. This program would not have been successful without the charity nominations, hundreds of thousands of votes and your commitment to giving back to the community.
Especially for people at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illnesses, MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals and counsel, empowering individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life. A small professional staff and 4,200 dedicated volunteers bring more than 95,000 nutritious, home-delivered meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. MANNA dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling. Through these services, MANNA provides opportunities for caring people to extend loving support to families, friends, and neighbors. If MANNA is selected to receive the $100,000, we will use the funds in support of our year-round meal program. MANNA fundraises for all of its clients’ meals and the award would go a long way toward providing our clients their 3 meals a day, 7 days a week.
Gift of Life Family House in Philadelphia serves as a "home away from home" for up to 30 transplant families at a time by providing temporary, affordable lodging, meals and supportive services to those who travel to the city for lifesaving transplant-related care. Since opening its doors in 2011, the Family House has provided over 36,000 lodging nights of care and over 130,000 meals to transplant patients and their families in need. If awarded, the $100,000 grant will be designated to support the Family House’s Adopt-A-Family Program. Approximately 1 in 5 families cannot afford the already subsidized fee of $40 per night to stay at the Family House, but no family is turned away due to their inability to pay. Funds donated to the Adopt-A-Family Program help cover the costs for families who cannot afford this fee. These funds also help bridge the gap between the requested fee per night ($40) and the actual costs ($165 per room per night). To date, no eligible family has been turned away because they could not afford to stay. For more information visit, www.GiftofLifeFamilyHouse.org.
The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a tribute to all who perished and to the heroic first responders on September 11, 2001, in America’s worst terrorist attack. The 1,300-mile trail symbolizes the resiliency and character of America by linking the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. Cyclists, walkers, and drivers can experience breathtaking landscapes, new towns, and the patriotism that grows from visiting sites that demonstrate our nation’s strength. The NRG Gives award will help to build the September 11th National Memorial Trail sections near Flight 93 and Johnstown, Pa., and do planning in between. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which will administer the award on behalf of the many project partners, is a nonprofit public foundation that builds professionally managed assets from donors to support Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset counties. Innumerable people will benefit from this trail development as it boosts the economy by attracting tourists, honors those who sacrificed so much in the attacks on our nation, and promotes community health by encouraging active lifestyles.