CHICAGO — Employees across Exelon's businesses volunteered 129,178 hours last year, dedicating more time and energy to serving their communities than in any previous year. To put that in perspective, the amount of time Exelon employees volunteered in 2015 is equivalent to 14 years, 272 days and 10 hours, or 3,229 normal workweeks.
Employees participated in a variety of service projects to enhance the quality of life in the neighborhoods where they live and work, such as mentoring students, restoring and protecting the environment, and promoting diversity and inclusion.
"Through their tireless volunteer work, our employees exemplify our commitment to the communities we serve," said Chris Crane, president and CEO of Exelon. "We're proud of our employees for going above and beyond for our communities and for this record achievement."
Highlights of Exelon employees' efforts in 2015 included National Volunteer Week in April, for which employees organized about 200 service projects and performed more than 13,000 hours of volunteer service. Projects included building homes for families in underserved neighborhoods with Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up public parks and natural areas, and serving food to community members challenged by hunger. To close out the charitable year, employee volunteers recognized #GivingTuesday in part by dedicating 9,300 volunteer hours at more than 120 service projects.
Employees from all of Exelon's businesses – including BGE, ComEd, Constellation, Exelon Business Services, Exelon Generation and PECO – were active volunteers throughout the regions they serve in 2015. Several volunteer programs focused on promoting STEM education, such as Exelon and ComEd's partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology and students at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center in Chicago.
Other programs in 2015 targeted the needs of underserved populations, such as BGE's participation in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, through which employees collected and distributed gifts and clothes to more than 600 children in central Maryland for the holiday season. Similarly, PECO employee volunteers in southeastern Pennsylvania helped pack and prepare meals for hunger relief organizations like MANNA and Philabundance and supported local families in need working alongside partner organizations like the American Red Cross and PathWays PA.
Through Healthcare for the Homeless, Constellation employee volunteers last year distributed clothing and other essential items to Baltimore's homeless population. Similarly, Exelon Generation continued its six-year partnership with Operation Warm, donating new winter coats to children in need, including 300 coats that went to students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Framingham, Mass.
In addition to giving their time, employees contributed their money to the nonprofits and causes they care about in 2015, including through Exelon's employee giving campaign. With 64 percent employee participation, the Exelon family of companies raised more than $6.3 million for more than 3,000 different charities. That, combined with a 50 percent company match to local United Way agencies, brought the campaign's total contribution to more than $9.4 million.