BRACEVILLE, Ill. (Dec. 15, 2009) - The sale of t-shirts during Braidwood Generating Station's recently completed maintenance and refueling outage will support a very important Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Will and Grundy counties effort.
The organization received a donation for $2,400 thanks to Braidwood Station employees and contractors who purchased t-shirts featuring the station's refueling outage logo. All the money collected from the t-shirt sale was donated to BBBS.
The money collected will support the BBBS "Lunch Buddies" program. Lunch Buddies, a program held at various Will and Grundy County schools is an on-site program that allows community members to meet with and mentor a sponsored child during regular school hours. Mentors are adult volunteers who provide one-to-one companionship during the child's lunch hour. Volunteers can surprise the child with a happy meal or eat the school lunch-while doing a shared activity such as reading a library book, or tackling a tough math problem.
"We're so very proud to receive such tremendous support from Exelon and Braidwood Station," said Coleen Davis, chief development officer for BBBS. "Exelon and their employees take great pride in the communities they serve and want to give back to organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters. Their efforts help build successful relationships for children who need them, contributing to bright futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all."
"We strive to be good neighbors and support the communities where we live and work," said Larry Coyle, Braidwood plant manager. "We are honored to be involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and their efforts to improve the lives of children everywhere."
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps at-risk children, primarily from single-parent homes, reach their full potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with proven results.
In 2009, Braidwood Station and its employees donated over $300,000 to local and regional non-profit groups. The majority of the giving was to the United Way.
Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts at full power - enough electricity to power more than two million homes.