CHICAGO – Today, the Exelon Foundation recognized 24 employees with its Powering Communities Employee Volunteer Award for overcoming challenges posed by the pandemic to complete hundreds of hours of volunteer work with local nonprofits in 2020. To recognize their incredible efforts, the Exelon Foundation will donate a total of $200,000 to the local nonprofits where the employees spend their off-hours powering a cleaner and brighter future.
“Exelon employees’ willingness to contribute their time, energy and resources to helping the people in their communities was especially inspirational and impressive in a year like 2020,” said Paula Conrad, vice president, Corporate Relations for Exelon, and president of the Exelon Foundation. “The Exelon Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the communities we serve, and our award recipients truly carried out that work during an incredibly challenging time.”
This year’s 24 winners and causes supported by the foundation include:
Excellence Award – $20,000 award to Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP)
Bonnie Pugh, Exelon BSC– Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP), Montgomery, Pa.
Achievement Award – $10,000 award to each volunteer’s charity:
Karen Adam, ACE – Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Toms River, N.J.
Gwendolyn Arrington, ComEd – FABRIC, Inc., Cleveland, Miss.
Karen Barbera, Exelon BSC – Loaves & Fishes Community Services, DuPage County, Ill.
Erica Borggren, ComEd – Illinois Joining Forces Foundation, Chicago, Ill.
Antonios Boulos, Pepco – Fame Fire Company #3, West Chester, Pa.
Robert Bugdon, Atlantic City Electric –Laureldale Volunteer Fire Rescue, Hamilton Township, N.J.
Christopher Cornett, BGE – Darlington Volunteer Fire Company, Darlington, Md.
Brian Joaquin, PECO – Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, Camden, N.J.
Jennedy Johnson, PECO -- Homeless Advocacy Project, Philadelphia, Pa.
Joseph Portz, Exelon Generation– Cocoa Packs, Inc., Hershey, Pa.
Kristin Seifarth, Constellation – UEmpower of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.
Michael Van Horn, Exelon Generation – The Media Theatre for The Performing Arts, Media, Pa.
Michael Winkler, Exelon BSC – Newtown Fire Association, Newtown, Pa.
Merit Award – $5,000 award to each volunteer’s charity:
Courtney Allen, PECO – Young Men & Women in Charge (YMWIC), Exton, Pa.
Jacqueline Geary, Exelon BSC – Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Anuradha Gwal, Exelon BSC - South Asian Bar Association, National
Rudolph Johnson, Pepco – Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company, Owings Mills, N.J.
Armanda Killingham, Exelon Generation – Dorcas Community Outreach Foundation, Brookfield, Ill.
Donna Knight, Delmarva Power – City Fare Meals on Wheels, New Castle County, Del.
Adriena Lane, ComEd– Rahab's Daughters, Barrington, Ill.
Alan Pressman, BGE– Jewish Volunteer Connection, Baltimore, Md.
Angel Reyes Cruz, Exelon Generation, The Nuclear Alternative Project, National
Craig Smith, Exelon Generation– Pine Street Presbyterian Church - Downtown Daily Bread, Harrisburg, Pa.
To read their personal stories and learn more about these nonprofit organizations, click here.
This year, there were 127 Exelon employee award applicants, who collectively volunteered more than 770 hours last year.
Since 2005, the Powering Communities Awards program has recognized more than 250 employee volunteers and contributed more than $2 million to nonprofit partners.