Every vote counts: Local nonprofits in running for $100K grand prize

Steve Tawa
April 30, 2018 - 6:27 pm

Steve Tawa - KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Energy supplier, NRG created a ballot box for the public to vote on which of three Philadelphia non-profits should be on the receiving end of a $100,000 donation. But, they're all winners, as second place gets $20,000 and third place receives $10,000.

The Philadelphia Eagles team mascot Swoop may have led the cheering, but it was Swoop the service dog-in-training who grabbed everyone’s attention, sitting on command, wagging his tail and apparently delighted to shake hands.

The picks this year, in alphabetical order, include Canine Partners 4 Life.

“[Swoop’s] six months old,” CPL's Dana Looker explained. “He was named by Carson Wentz, and the A01 Foundation.'

Looker says the Cochranville, Chester County organization places service dogs with people with disabilities.

College Possible Philadelphia, based at 20th and Hamilton Streets, helps first generation, low-income students go to college, like Blya Krouba, who went to high school in Upper Darby after coming here as a child from The Ivory Coast in West Africa.

“College Possible provided me with SAT prep, and helped make college more affordable by finding scholarship opportunities,” Krouba explained.

Jen Leary, the founder of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team in Point Breeze, says its firefighter responders help dogs like Milo, not to mention his cat roommates Pablo and Bubba, who are displaced by fires.

“We found Milo hiding in the back bedroom, every scared, but happy to see us,” she said.

NRG workers nominated their favorites. Voting is open now through May 7, and the winner will be announced on May 9.

Past winners have included DREAM Philadelphia, and MANNA.

To vote in this year's NRG Gives program, visit nrghomepower.com/nrggives