CHICAGO (April 12, 2011) - Employee volunteers representing the Exelon family of companies will observe National Volunteer Week by completing more than 5,000 hours of community service in the communities Exelon serves.
As part of Exelon's commitment to environmental stewardship and in honor of Earth Day (April 22), nearly half of the more than 80 employee-led projects will focus on environmental cleanup or conservation. The other projects will focus on community enrichment and diversity and inclusion.
"Our companywide observance of National Volunteer Week grows each year and continues to contribute meaningfully to the communities we serve," said John W. Rowe, Exelon chairman and CEO. "But our employees' commitment to volunteerism is hardly limited to one week out of the year. Thousands of dedicated Exelon employees partner year-round with their local service organizations to improve the environment and quality of life for people in their communities and beyond."
National Volunteer Week, which officially takes place April 10-16, 2011, is an annual, nationwide observance of individuals' and organizations' contributions to their communities. Exelon recognizes National Volunteer Week by empowering employee volunteers to design service projects and recruit others to participate. Many of the environmental projects organized by employee volunteers will take place around Earth Day and support Exelon 2020, the company's strategy to eliminate the equivalent of its annual carbon footprint by 2020.
Examples of employee-led projects include: up to 70 Exelon employees providing care for newly planted trees in Chicago's Grant Park; employees combating hunger by packaging food at Philabundance for distribution to shelters and food pantries in Philadelphia; and employees mentoring youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Kennett Square, Pa.
Employees from every Exelon operating company will participate in National Volunteer Week activities, including ComEd in northern Illinois, PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania, and Exelon Generation and Exelon Business Services Company in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
Exelon's corporate citizenship program, "Energy for the Community," offers a year-round slate of service projects across the company's service territories. Energy for the Community was named "Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year" for the third consecutive year in 2010 by VolunteerMatch, a national nonprofit focused on engaging volunteers, for exceeding all achievement and service benchmarks. In 2010, more than 2,000 Exelon employee volunteers dedicated nearly 66,000 hours to community nonprofit organizations. This is equivalent to 1,650 workweeks or nearly 32 years of fulltime service.