For four years, Daniel has volunteered at Team Make a Difference
(TMaD), which provides renovations and home makeovers to families dealing with chronic or terminal illnesses. The goal of the organization is to create a place of serenity to heal, restore hope, or to live remaining days in comfort. After first stepping in as an emergency contractor as a favor to his niece, Daniel recognized TMaD as a great opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community.
Daniel contributes his electrical and construction expertise in the renovations. During a makeover, he and his team realized that many “Hero” families are not able to decorate for the holidays like they once could. So they started the “TMaD Elves Program” to help families put up and take down holiday lights. Daniel and his team of construction artists often give their entire weekend to complete a home makeover. But it’s the tears of joy he sees from the recipients that makes this work so rewarding.
The proceeds from the Achievement Award grant will help their two new “Heroes” of the year. The first are the Dogaru twins from Naperville, who are conjoined at the head and cannot be separated. Since moving from Romania, their family has not had much, with the twins’ parents even having to sleep on the floor at times. To improve the quality of life for the whole family, Daniel and his team plan to furnish the home with all-new appliances and furniture. They also have plans to open the area to the girls’ bedroom to make it easier for them to maneuver around the house. Their second “Hero” is the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, where TMaD plans to remodel and update the Play and Gaming Room for the organization.
About the Exelon Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Awards Program
Each year, Exelon makes grants totaling $200,000 in honor of 24 outstanding employee volunteers for their work in the community. Nonprofits will receive grants of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000. Since 2007, the Awards Program has recognized almost employees and provided more than $1.5 million to their nonprofit partners.
At Exelon, individual initiative drives our success.
Volunteerism is part of who we are. Our employees are purpose-driven in their work – as well as in their free time. In 2017, 7,808 Exelon employees spent more than 210,000 hours volunteering with nonprofits in the diverse communities we serve. We encourage them to track their hours so we can recognize and reward their work.