On a pleasant spring day, Monday April 8, ComEd’s Energy Acquisition volunteers at the Commercial Center in Oakbrook, IL gathered with the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) President, Yoli Alvin, and AAFH Board member, Mary Jane Johnson to assemble a variety of Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs).

This volunteer event was coordinated by Albert “AJ” Griffith who participated in the first AAFH Art Kit Preparation in the Fall of 2017 hosted by Rita Alviar, Yoli’s co-worker and longtime friend). AJ presented the AAFH volunteer event to Scott Vogt, VP Energy Acquisition, who supported the idea of hosting this event. The volunteers donated funds towards the purchase of the art materials and Scott demonstrated his commitment by making a matching contribution to Alyssa’s Foundation. This event directly contributed to meeting Exelon’s 2019 Employee National Volunteer Month with 27 enthusiastic participants. Two employees from ComEd’s Energy Acquisition team, AJ and Eileen, went with Mary Jane and Yoli to deliver 50 of the Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) to Central DuPage Children’s hospital in Winfield, IL. Natalie Schmidt-Child Life Intern received the Alyssa SAKs.

Yoli and Mary Jane delivered a short presentation about Alyssa, and the Foundation - why it was created, the Foundation’s four main music and art programs, the Foundation’s accomplishments since its inception and how interested ComEd employees can help promote AAFH.

Participating employees received lunch prior to beginning the assembly of 150 SAKs. These SAKs will be distributed and made available soon to children staying at a Ronald McDonald House or undergoing treatment at a Children’s Hospital. All the ComEd employees expressed enjoyment in doing this volunteer event together.

We thank all the volunteers for their generosity of time and donations to make a difference in young patients’ lives throughout the communities that the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope serves.Events like this enable us to further our mission to bring the joyful gifts of music and visual arts into the lives of children and young people who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.