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Exelon’s Energy for the Community

Exelon has a strong tradition of involvement in programs administered by organizations and institutions in the communities that we serve and where we work. The three areas of focus for our hands-on involvement are education, the environment and diversity and inclusion. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in our service territory and around our power plants.

Honored for Stay in School Program Support
Exelon received the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Service Award in April. The award honors Exelon's partnership with Youth Guidance for the Stay in School Program. This is the first year the award was presented to a corporation.

Contributions of Time and Money

In 2013, over 3,700 employees served more than 96,000 hours as volunteers at various organizations in our service areas. The company supports employee volunteers by helping them find community service opportunities, recognizing and rewarding their work, and providing grants to the nonprofit organizations through our Dollars for Doers program. 

Our senior management team and other employees serve on the boards of more than 500 nonprofit organizations throughout the Chicago and Philadelphia areas. Exelon employees also pledged over $5.9 million in 2013 toward the annual United Way campaign.

Volunteer Engagement

Exelon’s employee volunteer engagement program is called “Energy for the Community.” This program is designed to help our employees practice the company’s community service values through volunteerism.  Employees can easily find and sign up for service projects in their area of interest or near where they live.

Through Exelon’s Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Awards and Dollars for Doers program, we give employees an incentive to volunteer by rewarding their commitment with corporate donations to the organizations they work with.

By helping others, Exelon employees also help themselves:
Three out of every four respondents to our 2013 Volunteer Survey said they feel they are making a difference in the community through company-sponsored service activities, and this adds value to the employee experience.

Energizing National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is an annual, nationwide observance of individuals’ and organizations’ contributions to their communities. The 2013 National Volunteer Week program empowered employee volunteers to design their own service projects and recruit colleagues. Employees from every Exelon operating company participated in more than 160 community service projects, choosing to concentrate on environmental projects that support the company’s Exelon 2020 low-carbon strategy and goals and diversity-focused opportunities to support the company's diversity value.

Dollars for Doers

Exelon’s Dollars for Doers program rewards service through grants to organizations where employees volunteer. Employees who volunteer in increments of 10, 20 or 40 hours can request a Dollars for Doers grant for the non-profit organization of their choice.

Employee Mentors
The Exelon-United Way award-winning Stay in School Initiative in Chicago reaches 2,500 students annually and offers a monthly Saturday workshop where employees mentor more than 60 students who learn career skills and compete for 15 summer internships.

Recognizing Employee Volunteerism

The Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Awards rewards Exelon employees for outstanding dedication and commitment to community service.  Exelon provides a total of $140,000 in grants to 18 organizations to honor employees who understand the meaning of giving back to the community.  To be eligible, employees must have volunteered at least 50 hours in the past year. Applications are judged by an external review committee and the 18 winners are announced during National Volunteer Week. 

2013 Employee Volunteer Award Winners

2012 Employee Volunteer Awards
 (left to right) Brian Moore, Exelon Audit Manager, Excellence Award winner Justin Bedi, Chris Crane, Exelon’s President and CEO, and Robin Glade, Exelon Principal Auditor at the 2013 Exelon Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

2013 Excellence Award Winner

This is the top Energy for the Community Volunteer Award. The employee’s nonprofit receives a $20,000 grant from Exelon.

Justin Bedi, staff auditor with Exelon BSC, received the Excellence Award. Bedi uses the power of magic and laughter as a hospital magician with Open Heart Magic (OHM) to bring joy and bright smiles to sick children at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Bedi performs one-on-one bedside magic routines for seriously ill children and helps bring a little happiness into their lives. He also serves on the OHM board and works diligently to raise funds and increase awareness of the organization. He is using his professional audit skills to increase the efficiency of OHM’s annual “Tricks are for Kids” benefit and hopes to raise over $150,000, a 50 percent increase from the benefit’s usual revenue. This extra funding would allow OHM to increase the number of hospital magicians from 60 to 150 and to reach over 10,000 children throughout Chicago in the next three years.

Bedi also represented Exelon at the National Jefferson Awards Conference in Washington, D.C., in June.

2013 Achievement Award Winners

2013 Achievement Award Winners

Each of the following organizations received a $10,000 donation from Exelon in honor of its employees’ commitment to service.

  • Tumeka Flanigan, Exelon Generation’s Limerick Nuclear Power Station project manager, focuses on providing services for women that encourages knowledge building and empowerment as part of her volunteer service with YWCA Tri-County Area. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2011 and also chairs numerous committees throughout the organization. In 2012, Flanigan played a vital role in creating a new program series, “Year of the Young Woman,” that addressed closing generation gaps, body image, cyber bullying, advocacy and non-traditional careers.
  • Brian Focht, PECO senior training specialist, has been a valued member of the Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company for over 25 years. Focht currently serves as chief of operations where he spends his time responding to service fires, rescues, public assistance and has the administrative responsibility of overseeing a staff of 12 volunteers. Under his leadership, Focht leveraged his training and work experience at PECO to make the fire company a safer place by creating a number of safety programs and features.
  • Vito Martino, director of transmissions for ComEd, watched his father help others as a child and wanted to make the same impact. He noticed co-workers in his department gather every summer to golf. Martino wanted to honor a longtime friend who is wheelchair-bound, so he decided Special Olympics Chicago would be the perfect partner for an annual golf outing. The partnership has blossomed and in the past two years Martino has raised $50,000 for Special Olympics and during the 2012 outing recruited 160 golfers and attracted more than 50 sponsors.
  • Barbara Palmer, BGE business account representative, is a breast cancer survivor who draws on her own experience to assist, mentor, inspire and encourage other women battling breast cancer. Palmer devotes her volunteer time counseling patients at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town patients undergoing treatment in Baltimore. As a cancer survivor, Palmer understands the long journey cancer patients face and supports the American Cancer Society in many capacities.
  • Catherine Schreiner, BGE principal information management analyst, is the chairperson and volunteer schedule coordinator for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s (KKI) Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. The Festival of Trees is a family-oriented holiday festival and raises over one million dollars annually for KKI benefitting more than 18,000 children with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system. Now in her 22nd year as volunteer, Schreiner organizes, tracks, recruits and communicates with over 500 fellow volunteers during a six-month buildup for the three-day festival.
  • Audrey Todd, BSC Illinois manager of IT training and communication, volunteers her time providing hunger relief assistance with the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry (OPRF). Todd has been a volunteer for three years and usually handles the food distribution shift on Saturday mornings. Last year, Todd was asked to lead the LINK Card application process where she used her computer skills to streamline the operation. Todd also joined OPRF’s Volunteer Education Team to promote the activities of the food pantry and educate the public on their increasing efforts to feed the hungry.
  • Ed Wilson, executive director of association sales at Constellation, uses his professional skills at The Arc of Howard County to serve the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Wilson is vice president of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of The Arc’s governmental affairs committee. He makes it a priority to lead outreach efforts with elected officials in Maryland to raise awareness on the financial needs of the intellectual and developmental disability community.
2013 Merit Award Winners

2013 Merit Award Winners

Each of the following organizations received a $5,000 donation from Exelon in honor of its employees’ commitment to service.

  • Brandon DiZebba, armed security officer at Exelon Generation’s Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Station, serves as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. DiZebba began volunteering with the organization in 2011 and currently spends his time as a “big brother” to two young males, a 16-year old and a 12-year old. DiZebba’s commitment to fostering one-on-one relationships provides these young men the foundation of a strong, influential role model.
  • Mike Foley, PECO gas work planner, is living proof of the successful drug and alcohol treatment program at Livengrin Foundation for Recovery. Foley continues his sobriety by volunteering his time several days a week and using his experience to assist patients in their recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. He is a familiar face who serves patients and speaks to them from the heart about the journey to recovery.
  • A team led by Jack Gamble, BSC Pennsylvania procurement engineer, transitioned his hobby of building interactive Halloween displays into a fundraiser for the Southern Ocean Rotary Club. Operation Halloween was the culmination of more than a year of detailed planning and construction as Gamble and his co-workers created a modular, high-tech, free-standing haunted house. The event grossed just under $25,000 for the Rotary Club.
  • Bruce Gibbons, BSC Maryland senior manager IT Commercial and Generation Client Services led a team of volunteers within the IT department organizing the annual iTee Charity Golf Tournament. The 2012 tournament benefitted Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Gibbons’ team raised almost $50,000 to enhance the care environment for babies in the Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Mark M. Green, PECO senior methods specialist, volunteers with Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV). Green promotes the mission of LEBDV throughout the year and is responsible for the financial security of the organization. His engaging leadership style was demonstrated last year during the annual Golf Classic where he secured contributions and sponsorships from individuals and local Delaware Valley businesses.
  • Thomas Parcher, security lead at Exelon Generation’s LaSalle Nuclear Power Station, initially created Hogs Fighting Hunger as a family project, but it has evolved into a self-sufficient educational operation for the Streator Township High School Future Farmers of America (FFA). Last year, under Parcher’s guidance, FFA students raised 20 hogs to help prepare the next generation of farmers.
  • Kelly Sanchez, BSC Illinois lead analyst, passion for dogs has resulted in more dogs finding a suitable home. Sanchez began volunteering at the Will County Humane Society last year as a dog walker. After a few months, Sanchez was asked to handle outreach with potential adopters and document her observations. Her reports provide a critical role in determining if individuals and families seeking a dog are a good match.
  • Michelle Swanson, commercial project manager at Constellation, brings her passion for running to teach independence and self-sufficiency to the homeless as part of Back on My Feet. Swanson reaches out to underserved populations by engaging individuals in a running program as a means to build their confidence and assists them in successfully transitioning their lives back into productive members of society. 
  • Nicole Tresnak, lead crew leader at ComEd, has assisted disabled adults at Cornerstone Services for the last 10 years. Over that span, Tresnak has raised unprecedented amounts of funds for the organization and worked tirelessly to raise awareness of Cornerstone’s mission with her ComEd colleagues. She plans group outings, plays educational games and spends time with residents who have no visitors.
  • Matthew Wade, associate with Constellation, wanted to focus his volunteer activity on the environment and joined Blue Water Baltimore. He has been a strong asset to Blue Water Baltimore participating in cleanup and restoration efforts throughout Baltimore that improve the quality of the community’s water. Wade has also served as an advocate for the organization teaching disabled children the importance of protecting local waterways.