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Exelon Recognizes 21 Outstanding Employee Volunteers and Donates $145,000 to the Causes They Support

Honorees volunteer their time to support immigrant youths, empower women around the world and assist the homeless

​CHICAGO — For the tenth consecutive year, Exelon is honoring a select group of employee volunteers for their exceptional efforts in giving back to the communities Exelon serves.

Exelon is recognizing 21 employee volunteers at award ceremonies in Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia. The recipients were chosen by an outside selection committee of nonprofit community leaders. In honor of the employees’ dedication to volunteer service in their communities throughout the year, Exelon donated a total of $145,000 to the winners’ causes.

“Our employees are deeply invested in the communities we serve, and they dedicate a tremendous amount of time and energy to community service,” said Chris Crane, Exelon president and CEO. “These honorees are truly inspiring, because they not only make a positive impact on the community through the work they do, but they also forge real connections with the people they serve.” 

The awards were open to all eligible employees of Exelon who volunteered at least 50 hours of community service in 2015. In the last 10 years, Exelon has honored 155 employee volunteers for their volunteerism and contributed $1.1 million to nonprofit organizations they support.

The awards are part of Exelon’s Energy for the Community corporate citizenship program, which encourages employee volunteerism to support preserving the environment; advancing education; supporting arts and culture; driving neighborhood enhancement, and encouraging diversity and inclusion.

2016 Energy for the Community Award Winners
There are three categories for the Employee Volunteer awards: the Excellence Award, Achievement Awards and Merit Awards. Award recipients receive $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, for their nonprofit partner organizations. A list of winners by state follows:

Pennsylvania
George Ahern, senior claims manager at PECO, received Exelon’s top prize, the Excellence award, for his service with Friends of Independence National Historical Park, which preserves buildings and artifacts associated with the American Revolution. Ahern sets an example for other volunteers, and applies the company’s core values, such as diversity and inclusion, to his presentations for the Education and Interpretation program at the park. He enjoys all aspects of his volunteer work, but finds interacting with children of all ages, and helping them understand and get involved in an open civic dialogue, to be the most rewarding.

Amanda Benner, a senior vegetation project manager at PECO, received an Achievement Award for her volunteer work with the Bicycle Coalition of greater Philadelphia, which organizes education, engagement and leadership programs to make bicycling safe and enjoyable in the city.

Michael Bodak, engineering analyst at Exelon Generation’s R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant received an Achievement Award for his work with the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, which provides fire and rescue protection to residents.

Allen Na, IT technical analyst at Exelon, received a Merit Award for his volunteer work with the Frederick Douglass Christian School, which serves students in Chester, Penn., an at-risk community. Allen provides IT support to the administration, staff, computer lab and dental clinic.

Illinois 
Susan Geist Hoffman, general service representative ComEd received an Achievement Award for her service with Brookside Christian Academy, which she founded and where she serves as executive director. The mission of the organization is to provide child care, early elementary education and family services to the local community to improve family life.

Willie “Mickey” Reynolds, material handler at ComEd, received an Achievement Award for his work as the chairman of the board for the Campaign for a Drug Free Westside, Inc. The organization works to help individuals and families in economically disadvantaged communities achieve independence and recover from addiction.

Kevin Perryman, an in-processing access specialist at Exelon Generation’s Clinton Power Station, earned a Merit Award for his volunteer service at Oren L. Davis, VFW. Perryman helped move the oldest active VFW Post in Illinois from a dilapidated building to a more modern facility and also worked to raise funds to offset the purchase of the building.

Carlos Guevara, account representative at ComEd, received a Merit Award for his service with the Northwest Side Housing Center, where he has volunteered for more than 15 years, working to preserve and improve housing, prevent homelessness, create a safer neighborhood and improve education.

Kim Wynn, a recent retiree from his position as senior operations training instructor at Exelon Generation’s Dresden Generating Station received a Merit Award for his work with Hope Helps, serving as the scholarship director with the organization, which is dedicated to promoting local scholarships, and research and advocacy for individuals diagnosed with autism and their families.

Robert Belyea, supervisor of project development at Constellation, received a Merit Award for his nine years of service, coaching and mentorship with Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey, a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts, operating youth hockey programs.

Shelli Hagerty, billing analyst at Constellation, received an Achievement Award for her work with Langlade County 4-H, where volunteers work with a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship and life skills and inspire positive youth development.

Maryland

Beverly Lagarde, Daniel Hurson, Kenneth Smith and Kimberly Curry, all members of the legal team at BGE, earned an Achievement Award for their work with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), where they serve as a pro bono legal team to assist a 17-year-old immigrant from Honduras, who escaped the threat of violence to rejoin her mother, who had immigrated to the U.S. years earlier. While working to support her in legal proceedings, this team established a close relationship with her and helped locate necessary resources for her as her familial and legal situation progressed.

Jeffrey Myers, director of communications for Constellation, was recognized with an Achievement Award for his work with Wide Angle Youth Media, where more than 4,000 Baltimore City students can learn about digital media, gain leadership skills and receive workforce training through after school workshops and community events.

Ijeoma Ozoude Ozobu, senior engineer at BGE, received an Achievement Award for her seven years of service with Ofuobi Women of Enugu State WDC Inc., which provides financial support, health education and resources for education in America and in Enugu State, Nigeria. Ozobu traveled to Nigeria to identify the facility for the Ofuobi Vocation Training Center, the organization’s project to equip youth in Enugu State with skills to help them stay self-sufficient.

Ken Allor, senior operations training instructor at Exelon Generation’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, received a Merit Award for his volunteer work with Greenwell Foundation, where volunteers are dedicated to providing inclusive programs, such as summer camps for people with and without disabilities.

Robert Francis, engineer at BGE, received a Merit Award for his service with Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S, an organization where volunteers provide skilled canine teams to missing person emergencies and train new applicants and their canines.

Melanie Komornik, material analyst at BGE, received a Merit Award for her service at Community Assistance Network (CAN) Eastside Emergency Shelter, where she assists at-risk Baltimore residents with financial counseling and supports the food pantry and homeless shelters operated by the nonprofit. 

Nicole L. Schiavone​, principal sales strategy at Constellation, received a Merit Award for her service with CASA of Baltimore, where volunteers serve as an adult presence for foster children at the Baltimore City Juvenile Court, monitor children’s well-being and provide objective written recommendations to the court.


 

 

 

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