The NRG Gives program, funded by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation, allows 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. Since 2016, the NRG Gives program has donated $249,500 to eleven non-profits.
Last Fall, NRG selected charities that we partner with through our Choose to Give Program. The charity with the most votes at the end of the voting period won first place and received $10,000; the second place charity received $5,000; and the third place charity received $2,500.
Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children will use the winning funds to support a new Child Life Activity Center. The Child Life department’s mission is to address the psycho-social needs of patients at duPont Hospital for Children. Child Life provides developmentally appropriate activities, education and preparation for medical procedures, emotional support, academic instruction and holistic interventions to promote healing. The activity center will be a place where patients, their families and their visitors will be transported into another world -- a world where they feel comfortable, engaged, playful and safe. Rooms within the center will include a dramatic play area, infant/toddler area, cooking and baking zone as well as a closed circuit TV zone, to name a few. These centers will host programs including arts and crafts, cooking experiences, reading and literacy resources and gross motor activities to all children at the hospital.
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.”
The $100,000 grant is a game
changer for our work, allowing us to enroll many more children as well as give
life to a new DREAM offering, the “Creation Station,” a multi-purpose program
center serving as a creative hub of self-expression and “do it yourself”, hands-on programming, providing
children a safe, creative play space for artistic expression.
For more information on DREAM, please visit: DREAM Philadelphia
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. MANNA is spelled in all capital letters.
The $100,000 received from NRG Gives, is used 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.