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.
Career Wardrobe is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit social enterprise that empowers women and men in transition by using clothing to inspire change leading to employment and self-sufficiency. Our continuum of programming includes access to professional attire and job skills education, designed to help each person look and feel ready for a job interview or new job. Career Wardrobe’s boutiques in Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware Counties assist 5,000 people annually and are open to anyone referred through a job training program, social service organization or government assistance office. At The Wardrobe, our resale store in Philadelphia, anyone can shop for women’s casual to professional clothing at up to 70% off retail while supporting our programs and giving our customer service interns valuable work experience on our sales floor. Volunteers opened Career Wardrobe’s doors 21 years ago with the belief that a great suit, a professional image, and the right skillset can level the playing field for anyone seeking employment, most especially those who have experienced long-term unemployment or have cycled through low-wage jobs. Since then, 81,000 people have come to Career Wardrobe to find a perfect suit, new resume or increased confidence needed to find a job. For more information, please visit careerwardrobe.org
We believe all children deserve the opportunity to thrive. For children living below the poverty line, an “opportunity gap” of resources, experiences and mentors holds them back. DREAM’s Village Mentoring model helps close this gap for over 500 of the most vulnerable children in our communities by providing deeply committed college student mentors, local and regional adventures, summer enrichment and overnight camp, support for postsecondary success, and an unwavering commitment to dreaming big. A parent of a DREAM participant provides an unsolicited window into DREAM’s impact: “Through DREAM, my kids were able to see their true place in the world and feel valued for who they were. DREAM has provided immeasurable opportunities for my children – opportunities that, as a low-income parent, I could never have provided.” For more information on DREAM, please visit facebook.com/the.dream.program.
The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is a 93-year-old nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the natural beauty and wildness of Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park, a 1,800-acre urban oasis of dramatic scenery, dense forests, rugged trails, free-flowing streams, and beautiful historic structures. Over 50 miles of wooded biking, hiking and equestrian trails wind through a deep gorge surrounding the Wissahickon Creek, which provides drinking water for 350,000 Philadelphians. With over 1 million visits each year and surrounded by the fifth largest metropolitan area in the country, the Wissahickon is under tremendous pressure. FOW’s professional staff and volunteers work with expert contractors and environmental scientists to maintain this natural landscape by mitigating the erosion that threatens the park and stormwater runoff that affects the creek. This NRG Gives grant will increase Friends of the Wissahickon’s capacity to serve the most pressing needs of the park, its users and the city of Philadelphia at large. In an era of shrinking public funding, FOW and its volunteers respond quickly, effectively and thoughtfully to short- and long-term threats to the park. To learn more, visit fow.org