BALTIMORE (May 7, 2015) - To support residents of Baltimore as the city continues to recover from recent events and help set the stage for long-term solutions, Exelon and its Baltimore-based companies BGE and Constellation have announced a joint donation of $200,000 to nonprofits that are leading response efforts.
In order to address immediate needs and support sustainable long-term programs, the companies will donate $100,000 to the Maryland Unites Fund, established by the United Way of Central Maryland in partnership with the State of Maryland, to provide humanitarian aid and emergency supplies to affected neighborhoods. The companies also will contribute $100,000 to the Baltimore Community Foundation for the recently established Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore to help rebuild damaged businesses and support a sustained effort to address longer-term community needs. One hundred percent of the funds will be used in direct support of these initiatives.
"The Exelon family of companies is part of the fabric of Baltimore and the surrounding communities. Not only do we have major business operations here, our employees and our customers live here," said Chris Crane, president and CEO of Exelon. "The recent events affected us deeply, and we knew immediately that we needed to help."
In addition to the immediate financial donation, the companies are also collaborating with city and community leaders and organizations on longer-term initiatives focused on job training and employment opportunities, youth development and strengthening neighborhood resources.
"BGE has roots in Baltimore that go back almost 200 years," said Calvin Butler, BGE's CEO. "We are strongly committed to Baltimore's stability, economic vitality and community spirit."
"We have an employee base that is extremely civic-minded, spending thousands of hours volunteering in our communities each year," said Joe Nigro, CEO of Constellation. "This is a gesture to show that Baltimore can continue to count on our involvement and support at critical times and well into the future."
Baltimore-based Exelon employees are also showing their support for the city through a collection drive in conjunction with the United Way of Central Maryland. The drive will provide necessary household and personal items to residents of areas where access to these items is now limited. In addition, Exelon is matching 100 percent of employees' personal financial donations, up to $5,000.
Employees will also participate in a number of company-supported volunteer efforts as community partners identify short- and long-term priorities.
Last year, Exelon and its subsidiaries donated a total of $4.6 million to charitable and community programs in Baltimore City, a significant portion of the $7.7 million the companies donated to programs across Maryland in 2014. Employees also regularly donate time and talent as board members, coaches, emergency responders and volunteers to support hundreds of community nonprofit organizations.