CHICAGO - For the sixth consecutive year, employees from across Exelon's family of companies will celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) by volunteering their time and energy at more than 100 planned community service projects in five states.
More than 1,500 employees, family members and friends are expected to volunteer approximately 5,000 hours to community service projects. In recognition of Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) and demonstrating Exelon's continuing commitment to environmental stewardship, about one-third of the employee-led volunteer projects will focus on environmental clean-up or conservation. Many of the environmental service projects 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. The remaining volunteer projects will focus on diversity and inclusion, education, and community enrichment.
"Our employees bring great energy and creativity to Exelon's week-long national celebration of community service," said Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane. "Their commitment to volunteerism and to improving the environment and quality of life in the communities we serve is a source of pride for us all."
Exelon celebrates National Volunteer Week by empowering employee volunteers to design their own service projects. Employees from Exelon's operating companies will participate in National Volunteer Week activities: ComEd in northern Illinois; PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania; Constellation Energy in Maryland; and Exelon Generation and Exelon Business Services Company in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
Exelon has a longstanding tradition of charitable giving and providing service to civic and nonprofit organizations through its "Energy for the Community" program. In 2011, more than 2,400 Exelon employee volunteers gave nearly 62,000 hours of their time to community nonprofit organizations. The donated hours are equivalent to 1,550 workweeks or nearly 30 years of full-time service.
Examples of Exelon's National Volunteer Week projects include:
• Cleanup and tree planting at Morton Arboretum (Lisle, Ill., April 16)
• Cleanup at Fox Valley Preserve (Aurora, Ill., April 17)
• Developing a new trail at Dunning Road conservation area (Chicago, April 17)
• Cleanup work at Anson B. Nixon Park (Kennett Square, Pa., April 18)
• Landscaping at Casa Central (Chicago, April 19)
• Tree-planting in Washington Park (Chicago, April 20)
• "Save the Trees" Earth Day gardening project in Grant Park (Chicago, April 20)
• Cleanup at Riverbend (Philadelphia, April 20)
• Cleanup at Chapman Park (Doylestown, Pa., April 20)
• Cleanup at Humboldt Park with Rowe-Clark Academy students (Chicago, April 21)
• Cleanup project at Lake Arlington in Forth Worth (Fort Worth, Texas, April 21)
• Tree planting at Kengsington South (Philadelphia, April 21)
• Riversweep at Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway (Perryville, Md., April 21)
• Cleanup at the Old Conowingo Creek Boat Launch (Conowingo, Md., April 28)
Diversity & Inclusion:
• Radio recording at Chicago Lighthouse, a non-profit for the visually impaired (Chicago, April 16-20)
• Reading to children at Rowe Elementary School (Chicago, April 19)
• Interviewing teens for summer internships (Chicago, April 19)
• Providing students with diverse thinking models to improve communication skills (Chicago, April 23)
• Assisting with energy-efficiency improvements at Habitat for Humanity home (McHenry, Ill. April 14)
• Cleanup at Naperville Area Humane Society (Naperville, Ill., April 17)
• Preparing nutritious meals to be delivered to families who are home bound due to illness (Philadelphia, April 17)
• Sorting and cleaning toys, clothing and equipment at Cradles to Crayons (Conshohocke, Pa., April 17, 19)
• Assisting at Englewood Food Pantry (Chicago, April 18)
• Assisting at Greater Chicago Food Depository (Chicago, April 19)
• All-Star basketball game for Misericordia, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities (Chicago, April 19)
• Remove and relocate books at the Free Library of Philadelphia as they prepare for renovation (Philadelphia, April 20)
• American Red Cross 5KWalk/Run (Philadelphia, April 21)
• Exposing students to business lessons and career opportunities (Philadelphia, April 12, 26)
• One-on-one mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters (Philadelphia, April 12)
• Mentoring future scientists (Warrenville, Ill., April 14)
• Tutoring session with at-risk students (Chicago, April 26, May 3)