Chicago - Thousands of employees from across the Exelon family of companies are observing National Volunteer Week (April 21-27) by participating in more than 150 volunteer service projects in the communities Exelon serves.
National Volunteer Week is an annual, nationwide celebration of people working to improve their communities through service. For the seventh consecutive year, Exelon employees have organized community service projects in which more than 2,000 employees, family members and friends are expected to participate.
"Our employees' commitment to the communities they serve goes beyond the work they do at their offices and worksites, or in the field," said Christopher M. Crane, Exelon's president and CEO. "They volunteer their time and energy to causes and organizations they care about to make our communities better places to live and work. I am proud of our employee volunteers for their leadership and dedication, not just this week, but year-round."
The volunteer projects support Exelon's corporate citizenship focus areas of education, diversity and inclusion, community enrichment and environmental stewardship. In recognition of Earth Day (April 22) and Exelon's commitment to sustainability, many of the projects focus on environmental cleanup or conservation, and support Exelon 2020, the company's program to eliminate the equivalent of its annual carbon footprint by 2020.
The National Volunteer Week projects include employee volunteers from all of Exelon's businesses, including ComEd in northern Illinois, PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania, Constellation and BGE in Maryland, and Exelon Generation and Exelon Business Services Company in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Texas.
Exelon has a longstanding tradition of charitable giving and service to civic and nonprofit organizations through its "Energy for the Community" program. In 2012, Exelon employees recorded nearly 105,000 volunteer hours with community nonprofits - the equivalent of 2,625 workweeks or 50 years of full-time service.
Exelon celebrates National Volunteer Week by empowering employees companywide to design their volunteer service projects. Examples of Exelon's National Volunteer Week projects in key states where it operates include:
Illinois (Exelon, Exelon Generation and ComEd)
- Cleanup at Humboldt Park with Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy students (Chicago, April 20)
- Tree-planting in Washington Park for Earth Day (Chicago, April 22)
- Habitat for Humanity home build (Park Forest, April 23)
- Science experiments with Freeman Partnership School elementary students (Aurora,, April 26)
- Mother/daughter environmental service project led by ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore at Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, April 27)
Maryland (Exelon Generation, Constellation and BGE)
- Teen carpentry workshop with Living Classrooms (Baltimore, April 22)
- Baltimore Ravens "Sacks for Seeds" Earth Day tree planting (Baltimore, April 22)
- Habitat for Humanity home rehab in the Orchard Ridge neighborhood (Baltimore, April 24)
- Painting the new wing of Green Street Academy (Baltimore, April 25)
Pennsylvania (Exelon Generation and PECO)
- Sort and clean toys, clothing and books with Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia (West Conshohocken, April 20)
- Youth literacy and diversity lesson with Philadelphia READS (Philadelphia, April 23)
- Mentoring local students with Big Brothers Big Sisters' Beyond School Walls program (Philadelphia, April 25)
- Preparing nutritious meals for terminally ill clients with MANNA (Philadelphia, April 25)
- Removing invasive species with the Schuylkill Environmental Center (Philadelphia, April 26)