We partner with a nonprofit to help people live safely and independently.
Christmas in April is a nonprofit program that rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners - including the elderly, veterans, and people with disabilities - so they may continue to live in safety and independence. The organization is supported entirely by voluntary contributions; there is no paid staff and a modest annual budget.
Exelon and our employees contributed more than $25,000 to Christmas in April in Calvert County, Maryland, in one year. With Exelon's contributions, the number of homes and families the nonprofit can help has grown steadily every year. And it's not just fundraising. Together with Exelon volunteers, Christmas in April helped their neighbors and transformed 44 homes in one year.
At Exelon, the effort grew from a 10-person group to a movement.
Support for Christmas in April has become a powerful, collective effort.
We've formed friendships, partnerships, and an entire community network of people working with us in Calvert County, Maryland. Local contractors donate time and material. Carpet companies and local ACE Hardware stores have stepped up. Exelon employees not only donate cash, they also ask friends and family members to share their time and materials. From this effort, the program has received free cans of paint, caulking supplies, washers and dryers, and more. Former Exelon employees and retirees stay involved in this effort.
With Exelon's help, lives are changed for the better.
Last year, our work began at the home of Thomas Gray, 93, a disabled World War II veteran. Volunteers repaired the roof of his home, replaced windows and a door, painted the inside and outside of the house, made plumbing repairs and made his bathroom handicapped accessible.
On Mother's Day, another Christmas in April team renovated a house for an elderly homeowner in Lusby, Maryland. Exelon employees and students and teachers from Mill Creek Middle School cut and raked overgrown grass, mulched the flower and shrub beds, and painted the porches and outside of the house. In December, volunteers tackled the inside of the home, including fixing a broken heating system.
Fast forward to the 44th and last house of the year, owned by another veteran. Team members included Exelon employees and Patuxent High School NJROTC cadets, who were especially proud to help a veteran. They painted the home. They worked on the yard. They gave back.
This work matters more than you might think.
As people age, they are likely to live on fixed incomes. Home improvements, even essential repairs, may no longer be affordable. They may have a harder time getting around, and doing things the rest of us can take for granted.
Exelon's partnership with Christmas in April shows the power of people coming together to fix a problem, growing community networks around them, and turning fundraising programs into life-changing, on-the-ground long-term commitments.