CHICAGO - Employees across the Exelon family of companies are rolling up their sleeves and taking to the community for more than 70 service projects in recognition of National Volunteer Week. In the spirit of Earth Day (April 22) and Exelon's environmental commitment, more than half of the employee-led volunteer projects are focusing on environmental cleanup or conservation. Other projects are focusing on diversity and inclusion, and community enrichment.
National Volunteer Week, which officially runs from April 18 to April 24, is an annual, nationwide observance of individuals' and organizations' contributions to their communities. Exelon recognizes National Volunteer Week by empowering employee volunteers to design their own service projects and recruit executives, colleagues, family members and friends to participate. Many of the environmental projects proposed by employee volunteers will take place around Earth Day and support Exelon 2020, the company's business and environmental strategy to eliminate the equivalent of its annual carbon footprint by 2020.
"I commend Exelon's employees for their commitment to volunteerism and continuous work to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve," said John W. Rowe, Exelon chairman and CEO. "They deserve much credit for building a corporate culture at Exelon that emphasizes the value of community service. I am pleased, too, that many of the service projects our employees organized reflect Exelon's leadership in addressing global climate change."
The campaign is also part of Exelon's year-round Energy for the Community volunteer engagement program, which was named Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year in both 2009 and 2008 by VolunteerMatch. Volunteers include employees from every Exelon operating company - ComEd in northern Illinois, PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania, and Exelon Generation and Exelon Business Services Company in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
In 2009, more than 1,800 Exelon employee volunteers gave more than 58,000 hours of their time to community nonprofit organizations. The donated hours are equivalent to 1,450 workweeks or almost 28 years of fulltime service.
Examples of Exelon's National Volunteer Week projects include:
• Low-income home weatherization projects in the Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas areas
• Cleanup and landscaping work at Lake Arlington (Fort Worth, Texas, April 17)
• "Save the Trees" Earth Day gardening project in Chicago's Grant Park (April 17)
• Cleanup work on the Schuylkill Canal (Mont Clare, Pa., April 18)
• Cleanup work at the Humane Society (Naperville, Ill., April 19)
• Cleanup work at Anson B. Nixon Park (Kennett Square, Pa., April 22)
• Earth Day tree-planting in Chicago's Jackson Park (April 22)
• Prairieland restoration at Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve (Westchester, Ill., April 23)
• Cleanup work at the Indian Boundary YMCA (Downers Grove, Ill., April 23)
• Sweep of the Lower Susquehanna River (Darlington, Md., April 24)
• Landscaping and repair work at Hope House residential homeless shelter (Villa Park, Ill., April 24)
• Habitat for Humanity women's home build (Phoenixville, Pa., May 1)
Diversity & Inclusion:
• Mentoring future scientists (Warrenville, Ill., April 17)
• Reading to children at the Altgeld Early Learning Center (Chicago, April 20)
• Peace program and mentoring teens at Frederick Douglass High School (Chicago, April 22)
• Radio recording at Chicago Lighthouse, a non-profit for the visually impaired (April 19-23)
• Community ambassador training session (Chicago, April 23)
• Food packaging and distribution projects in the Chicago and Philadelphia areas
• Assisting at a soup kitchen (Chester, Pa., April 20)
• Big Brothers/Big Sisters Beyond School Walls events (Kennett Square, Pa., April 21)
• Stuffing teddy bears for ill children at Ronald McDonald House (Philadelphia, April 22)
• All-Star basketball game for Misericordia, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities (Chicago, April 22)
• Making care packages for deployed troops (Wilmington, Ill., April 22)