In 2017, the employees at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station raised and donated close to a half a million dollars to local charities and organizations with a focus on education, health and human services, arts and culture and community and neighborhood development. Funds were raised through employee-organized golf tournaments, silent auctions, outage t-shirt sales, a fitness day challenge and through the annual Exelon Employee Giving Campaign.
This year’s golf tournaments raised over $90,000. A $25,000 donation was made to Four Diamonds, Penn State Children’s Hospital, which provides comprehensive support to children with cancer and their families by paying for 100 percent of care and treatment not covered by insurance. Other local and community organizations that received funding from the tournaments included the Mason-Dixon Business Association, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties, Mason-Dixon Community Services, York County Dollars for Scholars and Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania.
The station’s annual silent auction raised $23,400 for Mason-Dixon Community Services and the Delta Senior Center, while outage t-shirt sales raised more than $10,000 for Susquehanna Service Dogs. Through this year’s Exelon Employee Giving Campaign, station employees also donated $224,500 to the charities of their choice, and Exelon matched 50% of the donations, giving $112,260 to the United Way.
In addition to monetary donations, station employees spend countless hours giving back to the local community. Conducting outreach and speaking to local schools and civic groups about the benefits of nuclear power, volunteering on projects such as river and road clean-ups, and lending a helping hand to fix local playgrounds, cook holiday meals for local seniors and building shelves, painting and upgrading lighting fixtures at the local community center. Employees also adopt local families each holiday season providing gifts and much needed holiday cheer to area families in need.
Peach Bottom has approximately 860 full time employees and often employs 3-4 times that number of people during large projects such as refueling outages. Most station employees live in the local Delta area or counties surrounding the station. Giving back to the community is engrained in the culture of the station, and part of what makes Peach Bottom such a special place to work.