KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (March 4, 2009) - Two local Oyster Creek Generating Station employees were honored today at PECO's headquarters in Philadelphia for their outstanding volunteer achievements. The winners of Exelon's annual Energy for the Community Awards awarded $100,000 to a total of 12 recipients company-wide. The money is donated to the employees' chosen non-profit organizations.
"Many Oyster Creek employees donate their time and money to charitable organizations in our community," said Tim Rausch, Oyster Creek vice president. "I am proud of the work they do everyday to help make a difference in people's lives. They have made a positive impact on the Oyster Creek community."
The men and women who received awards this year worked on behalf of a variety of issues, including health and wellness, cancer research, emergency preparedness and environmental.
The two local winners, nominated by their peers, are:
· Nancy Eriksen, records management manager - For the past 10 years, Nancy has served on the board of directors for the Natural Resources Environmental Federation of New Jersey, the organization that operates the Lighthouse Center in Waretown. The Lighthouse Center, located on 194-acres overlooking Barnegat Bay, offers environmental workshops to teachers and local children. Nancy is the primary fundraiser for the Center, but she also helps promote environmental stewardship.
· Stephen Serpe, reactor operator - Steve is a volunteer emergency medical technician for the Lacey Township First Aid Squad in Forked River. Through VolunteerMatch, Steve has tracked almost 700 volunteer hours this past year. Steve answers first aid calls, caring for patients ranging from minor injuries to cardiac respiratory arrest. Steve's peers on the volunteer ambulance squad also have great respect for him because they elected him First Lieutenant, which is the second highest position on the squad.
"Nancy is most enthusiastic in educating people about conservation awareness," said Terry O'Leary, president, Natural Resources Education Foundation of New Jersey. "She is also extremely dedicated at continuing to seek funding for environmental stewardship projects. She is the model for activism and always inspires others by her work ethic."
"Steve is truly dedicated and committed to the Lacey Township First Aid Squad. It is the unscheduled nature of emergency response that places extra burdens on one's duties at home and work. Steve has a challenging yet rewarding job, and he has extra family responsibilities, yet he still gives so much time to us. We respect Steve all the more for his obvious dedication," said Jon von Briesen, treasurer of Lacey Township First Aid Squad.
Exelon Nuclear employees are devoted members of our communities. In 2008, they gave $1.88 million to local United Ways where our plants are located in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New Jersey.
Exelon's Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Awards serve as an expression of the company's commitment to the community and its employees. Winners earned awards for their non-profits up to $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000.