Lo­cal power com­pany brings ‘pos­i­tiveNRG’ to The Arc

Vol­un­teers from NRG Chalk Point Sta­tion re­hab a res­i­dence

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

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.

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