Local power company brings ‘positiveNRG’ to The Arc
Volunteers from NRG Chalk Point Station rehab a residence
During its 10th annual “positiveNRG” week, nearly 30 volunteers from NRG’s Chalk Point, Maryland Generating Station visited one of The Arc of Southern Maryland’s residences to rehab the site.
Arthur Jones, a client at The Arc, is one of three people — all with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) — that can call their house a home, according to a news release. NRG’s volunteer crew arrived early and some stayed up to 10 hours to complete projects that improved the home inside and out, the release states.
NRG completed several projects included painting, replacing shutters, installing hand rails on an outdoor staircase, cleaning gutters, replacing shingles and siding on an old shed, pressure washing, clearing away brush to reclaim the back yard, and creating a plant bed which would be easily accessible to an individual utilizing a wheelchair. The time, labor and materials were donated from NRG.
“We look forward to these projects every year as a way to directly support our community. In this case it was particularly rewarding to see the improvements our team made take shape throughout the day,” Chalk Point plant manager Greg Staggers said in the release.
Jones was excited throughout the project, the release states. The Arc’s Property and Facility Manager Cheryl Zeeger took Jones shopping for some finishing touches to highlight the freshly-painted rooms. He picked out new curtains with a splash of blue, which would match other items in the home.
He buzzed about throughout the day, thanking the NRG crew and watching the progress they were making on his home, according to the release. Jones watched in eager anticipation as the team cleared out trees and created more space in his yard — which he already envisioned filling with an outdoor swing — and talked about how much space he’d now have to play basketball in the front yard, according to the release.
The Arc was presented with a donation of $1,000 from NRG to be used where it would be needed most. As a nonprofit organization, support offered by the community has a tremendous impact on people with I/ DD supported by The Arc, according to the release.
NRG volunteers Chet Bowling and Craig Bowling work on an old shed at one of The Arc’s homes, replacing siding and shingles.
During the volunteer rehab project for his home, Arthur Jones, middle, proudly accepts NRG’s generous donation to The Arc. He stands with Donna Robertson, left, NRG’s designer/multimedia tech and Cheryl Zeeger, property and facility manager for The Arc of Southern Maryland.
NRG volunteer Mickey Gryszkiewicz works to reclaim the yard at The Arc’s residence and clears out a an old garbage bin storage unit which was located in an area inaccessible to the residents of the home.
NRG’s volunteer crew take a moment with resident of the home, Arthur Jones, to gather around a raised bed they’ve created. The height of the bed has been customized to be easily accessible to individuals that may utilize a wheelchair. Front row, left to right: Delores Nairn, Dennis Burch, Kenny Golway, Frank Adriani, Donna Robertson, Jared Ehmke, Charlz Cortes, Steve Miller and CJ Alecknavage. Middle row, left to right: Michelle Desperes, Pat Middleton, Deborah Jones, Arthur Jones, Rachel Pritchett, Bill Bates, Mickey Gryszkiewicz, John McNamara, Cindy Irvin and Maria Crowningshield. Back row, left to right: Chet Bowling, Randy Weightman, Mark Wall, Chuck Slingland, John Shannon, Craig Bowling and Joe DiMarco. Not pictured: Greg Staggers, plant manager.