On a recent, cold and wet November day, Exelon’s sunny volunteers from multiple locations gathered with their colleagues and Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope President, Yoli Alvin, at a Cantera conference room in Warrenville to assemble 100 journals and color-me-art lunch bags.  The volunteer event was coordinated by Rita Alviar and sponsored by Lance Rettberg who provided lunch for the entire volunteer team on Thursday, November 9th.

A total of 23 volunteers participated in this first-time art kit preparation to benefit AAFH which is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit young adult cancer foundation.  Its mission is to bring the joyful gifts of music and visual arts into the lives of young people who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. 

Yoli delivered a short presentation about her daughter, Alyssa, and the Foundation - why it was created, the 4 main music and art programs, what the organization has accomplished in the last 2 1/2 years and how Exelon employees can help promote it.

Vincent Powell, one of the 8 Claims Department employees who participated, demonstrated his initiative by getting the group to finish assembling all 100 Alyssa Starter Art kits in a record-setting time of 25 minutes!  Everyone had fun and enjoyed this event. 

The same afternoon, Yoli received news that employees applied for a $100 grant to go towards Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope organization.  This grant directly contributes in meeting Exelon’s 2017 Employee Giving Campaign.

We thank all the volunteers for their generosity of time and donations to make a difference in young patients’ lives throughout the communities that thee Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope serves.  Together we can bring joy to more teens and young cancer patients!