Kids at St. PJs Children’s Home come from heartbreaking situations of abuse or neglect and need a comfortable, safe place for hope and healing. Last Friday, 75 CPS Energy employees showed their heart for the home’s young residents by taking part in a United Way Day of Caring. Our campaign officers and executives painted rooms throughout the campus, sorted and organized donations, and washed bed linens.
David McCord, a General Designer on the Gas Delivery team, said kids at the agency get a big morale boost every time they see volunteer groups working on campus.
“Some of these kids come from very difficult situations without love and support,” said McCord, a regular volunteer at St. PJs for 16 years. “When they see a group of people here to show them love through service, it makes a big impact. It’s immeasurable. The more we give, the more they appreciate it.”
Earlier this year, David was instrumental in rallying more than a dozen of his co-workers in Gas Delivery to host a fun day for St. PJs. Employees played sports with the kids and served them a meal at Concepcion Park. David and his sister, Kim, both volunteer at St. PJs for holiday events, and had been dreaming of organizing their own event for more than a decade. They just needed a dedicated team to pull it all together.
“It takes a village to do something like this and CPS Energy was that village,” he said. “Knowing what these children have gone through, it was gratifying to put a smile on their face. You can’t ask for anything else.”
Last year, CPS Energy contributed $1.123 million to United Way. This year, our goal is to raise 1.125 million in direct donations and fundraising.
“It’s extremely important for our team members to be helping out because St. PJs is one of many beneficiaries of United Way,” said Maria Garcia, an executive sponsor of this year’s United Way campaign, which kicked off this week. “Now with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there are even more folks that need our help. We are People First and the Heart of the Community. Our involvement in United Way is the best way to pay it forward and thank our customers, community, and other fellow Texans.”