CHICAGO (April 7, 2014) - Employees from across the Exelon family of companies will observe National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) by participating in more than 150 employee-led service projects in the communities Exelon serves, from cleaning up parks and other public spaces to serving meals to people struggling with poverty to mentoring at-risk students.
National Volunteer Week is an annual, nationwide celebration of people working to improve their communities through volunteer service. For the eighth consecutive year, Exelon employees are organizing community service projects in which more than 1,000 employees, family members and friends are expected to participate this week and throughout the month of April.
"Our employees look forward to National Volunteer Week as an opportunity to better the quality of life in the communities they serve," said Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane, "and their passion for serving does not end there. All year long, our dedicated employees donate their time and energy to the causes and organizations that matter to them to help create a brighter, more sustainable future where our communities thrive."
Exelon empowers employee volunteers to design their own National Volunteer Week service projects and recruit others to participate. Projects focus on education, environmental stewardship, diversity and inclusion, and community enrichment, and involve employee volunteers from all of Exelon's businesses, including: ComEd in northern Illinois, PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania, Constellation and BGE in Maryland, 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" corporate citizenship program. Last year, more than 3,800 Exelon employee volunteers gave almost 88,000 hours of their time to community nonprofit organizations. This is equivalent to more than 2,200 workweeks or nearly 42 years of fulltime service.
Examples of Exelon's National Volunteer Week projects include:
• Environmental service project with ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore at Garfield Park Conservatory (Chicago, April 7)
• Naperville Area Humane Society cleanup (Naperville, Ill., April 8)
• Habitat for Humanity home construction (Chicago, April 11)
• Food pantry assistance and handout (Oak Park, Ill., April 12)
• Humboldt Park cleanup and beautification with Exelon Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Ruth Ann Gillis (Chicago, April 26)
• Fairmount Park tree planting with the Philadelphia Zoo (Philadelphia, April 8)
• Prepare food and package meals for the hungry at MANNA (Philadelphia, April 9)
• One-on-one mentoring with children through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA (Philadelphia, April 10)
• Emergency readiness training and painting at Red Cross House (Philadelphia, April 11)
• Monarch Butterfly habitat planting (Kennett Square, Pa., April 24)
• School gardening project with BGE CEO Calvin Butler at Friendship Academy at Cherry Hill (Baltimore, April 8)
• Tree planting at Moravia Park Elementary with Exelon Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Officer Bridget Reidy (Baltimore, April 8)
• Youth Opportunity Career Day at BGE's Whitemarsh training facility (Baltimore, April 9)
• Packing food for the hungry at the Maryland Food Bank (Baltimore, April 11)
• Susquehanna River riverbank cleanup (Conowingo, Md., April 26)
• Habitat for Humanity build day (Houston, April 8)
• Crafts projects with visually impaired and blind people at Lighthouse of Houston (Houston, April 8)
• Christmas in July gift wrapping with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance (Houston, April 10)