Chicago (May 29, 2009) - Despite current economic uncertainty, the employees and management of Exelon and its ComEd subsidiary showed leadership in their roles as corporate citizens by increasing their 2008 United Way campaign contribution by an extraordinary 13 percent over 2007. United Way recognized four Exelon and ComEd campaign team leaders with the Frances Wisebart Jacobs award for outstanding campaign leadership during the annual United Way Community Celebration at the Chicago Hilton on May 8.
Exelon employee leads Meg Amato, Tawana Brady, Porfirio Ibarra and Kevin Manson developed new strategies to engage employees and raise funds for United Way. This included organizing more than 60 service projects, fundraisers, receptions, leadership meetings and recognition efforts, which raised more than $2.6 million for United Way and achieved an employee participation rate of 68 percent in Illinois.
"The Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award is given to campaign leaders who demonstrate an exceptional level of commitment in the company's United Way campaign," said Ray McCaskey, United Way 2008 Campaign Chair and retired CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. "This team of IBEW Local 15 and Exelon corporate employees increased the number of $1,000-and-above donors by 37 percent over last year. This is a remarkable achievement and will help people move beyond crisis to independence."
Exelon also sponsors the Exelon-United Way Stay in School Initiative, an after-school program that has stemmed truancy rates and raised graduation rates in 10 schools in Chicago's Austin, Bronzeville/Grand Boulevard and Humboldt Park/West Town communities. Now in its fourth year, the program has served more than 6,200 students ages 10-20, and has helped participating schools raise graduation rates to 93 percent from 62 percent.
In addition to the Frances Wisebart Jacobs award, Exelon and ComEd were honored at the May celebration as a United Way Million Dollar Company. The companies ranked as the seventh-highest contributor in the Chicago metropolitan region for 2008.
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago improves lives by mobilizing caring people to invest in the community where it's needed most. People engage with United Way to give, advocate and volunteer in their community to advance the common good. Spanning 238 communities across six counties, United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of health and human service programs in the region. By promoting education, income and health, United Way creates opportunities for people to live stable, healthy and independent lives. To learn more, visit uw-mc.org.