CHICAGO (March 18, 2009) Exelon recently presented its third annual "Energy for the Community" employee volunteer awards to 12 employees selected for their commitment to volunteerism. As part of the program, which is designed to encourage volunteerism in the communities it serves, Exelon donated $100,000 in cash grants to nonprofits where the winning employees give their energy and leadership.
"Exelon's core values are best represented by our employee volunteers through their activity in the communities we serve," said John Rowe, Exelon's chairman and chief executive officer. "I congratulate and thank all our employee volunteers who continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to making community service an important part of their lives."
Exelon's volunteer program was recognized by VolunteerMatch in 2008 as "Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year" for exceeding every benchmark the nonprofit volunteer network site tracks, including the percentage of employees who participate, the impact of their volunteerism, as well as their volunteerism engagement, commitment and interest. The average Exelon volunteer, for example, donates 43 hours of service each year - as compared with an average of 26 hours for the other corporations tracked by VolunteerMatch. In 2008, more than 1,750 Exelon employees volunteered 53,000 hours of service at community organizations, a 34 percent increase in volunteer hours from the previous year.
"Exelon has done an exceptional job incorporating effective communication, innovative recognition programs, and outstanding nonprofit partnerships," said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. "We're pleased to honor Exelon as a corporate leader and proud to work with them to promote and engage their employees."
Exelon launched the Energy for the Community volunteer program in 2005. Since the program's inception, Exelon employees have tracked over 100,000 hours of community service while at the same time Exelon has donated more than $115 million to charitable organizations.
Top Winner: Pat Fennell, senior revenue recovery specialist at PECO, received Exelon's first-place Excellence Award for her service with the Kingdom Care Reentry Network, a prison recidivism program in Philadelphia. The organization received a $20,000 grant from Exelon.
Achievement Awards: Each of the following organizations received a $10,000 donation from Exelon in honor of its employees' commitment to service:
· Courtney Erickson, a principal accountant at Exelon's Chicago headquarters, led 200 colleagues in a series of volunteer projects with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
· Shah Quaiyoom, senior engineer with ComEd in Libertyville, Ill., coaches and mentors 250 children and teens at the Mundelein Soccer Club. President of the group, which serves a primarily Latino audience, Quaiyoom also organizes fund-raisers to help athletes and their families with clothing needs.
· Jaime Salazar, senior engineering technician with ComEd in Libertyville, Ill., gave 175 hours of service as a mentor and tutor in the family literacy program at Centro Communitario Juan Diego (CCJD) in Chicago community where public schools fall in the bottom 25th percentile for student graduation.
· Steven Serpe, control room operator at Exelon's Nuclear Station in Oyster Creek, N.J., serves on the community's First Aid Squad and has been a township EMT volunteer for nearly three years.
· Renee Tarpley, regulatory assessor at PECO Energy, has been a volunteer and board member with the Northwest Raiders Athletic Association of Germantown, Pa., for 14 years. The program encourages youth to excel in sports and education, and to become involved in their community.
Merit Awards: Each of the following organizations will receive a $5,000 donation from Exelon in honor of its employees' commitment to service:
· Nancy Eriksen, site records manager at Exelon's Nuclear Station in Oyster Creek, N.J., serves as a director for the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey. In the past decade, she has volunteered an average of 150 hours annually.
· Ann Harris, generating station clerk at the Exelon's Nuclear Station in Clinton, Ill., supports the music programs at Blue Ridge School District #18 in Farmer City, Ill. In 2008 alone, Ann donated 235 hours to this work.
· Dana Kyles, a principal financial analyst at Exelon's Chicago headquarters, donated 200 hours of her time as treasurer and CFO of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, and led financial literacy classes for Chicago Public School students.
· Carolyn Selagy, a senior financial analyst with Exelon Generation in Kennett Square, Pa., has volunteered with the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society for the past three years.
· James Laird, director of public affairs with Exelon Generation in Kennett Square, Pa., has volunteered with the American Cancer Society for 23 years. In 1981, he started the Daily Times/Exelon Champs "n" Charity Softball Classic, which raised more than $38,000 during last year's 25th anniversary event.
· Nichole Tillman, executive assistant in the office of the president at ComEd, has been volunteering for more than half her life, starting at the age of 16, with St. Agatha Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) in Chicago.
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