CHICAGO (April 9, 2015) - Employees from across the Exelon family of companies are celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) by volunteering at more than 150 employee-led service projects in the communities Exelon serves. The projects will include cleaning up parks, serving food to community members who are challenged by hunger and helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
National Volunteer Week is an annual, nationwide celebration of people working to improve their communities through service. For the ninth consecutive year, Exelon employees are organizing community service projects this week and throughout the month of April in which more than 2,000 employees, family members and friends are expected to participate.
"At Exelon, we're proud to support our employees' dedication to giving back to their communities, both during National Volunteer Week and all year long," said Chris Crane, Exelon's president and CEO. "By volunteering their time and energy to important causes and organizations, our employees are the ones who make Exelon such a strong community partner."
Exelon encourages employees to plan their own National Volunteer Week service projects and recruit others to participate. Projects focus on education, environmental stewardship, diversity and inclusion, and community enrichment. All of Exelon's businesses participate, including BGE and Constellation in Maryland, ComEd in northern Illinois, PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania, 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 2014, more than 4,500 Exelon employee volunteers recorded nearly 113,000 hours of service to community non-profit organizations. This is equivalent to 2,825 workweeks or 54 years of fulltime service.
Follow Exelon's National Volunteer Week activity on social media as our employees post updates and photographs from their projects using the hashtag #ExelonVolunteers.
Just a few examples of this year's National Volunteer Week projects include:
• Planting a community garden at CASA of Will County (Joliet, April 14)
• Handing out food with the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry (Highwood, April 16)
• Planting a student-designed garden at Gary Comer Youth Center (Chicago, April 18)
• Sorting and packing food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank (Rockford, April 25)
• Building a home with Windy City Habitat for Humanity (Chicago, April 25)
• Landscaping and planting at Civic Works' Real Food Farm (Baltimore, April 9)
• Preparing and packaging food at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (Baltimore, April 14)
• Working with 5th graders to install a rain garden at Federal Hill Preparatory School (Baltimore, April 14)
• Cleaning up wetlands at Living Classrooms Foundation's East Harbor Campus (Baltimore, April 17)
• Cleaning up the riverbank along the Susquehanna River (Conowingo, April 18)
• Painting, planting and cleaning at Central Park (Doylestown Township, April 14)
• Sorting and distributing clothing to low-income women at Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, April 14)
• Packing and distributing food at the Philabundance warehouse (Philadelphia, April 15)
• Cleaning up gardens, trails and woodland areas at Riverbend Environmental Education Center (Gladwyne, April 15)
• Mentoring and tutoring students at Squash Smarts Inc. (Philadelphia, April 16)
• Preparing and packaging food at the Houston Food Bank's Kids Cafe (Houston, April 13)
• Making facility improvements at Harbach-Ripley community center (Houston, April 15)
• Working and socializing with blind and visually impaired clients at the Lighthouse of Houston (Houston, April 16)