Employees of Exelon’s three nearby nuclear plants – LaSalle, Braidwood, and Dresden stations – donated $537,000 as a part of this year’s Employee Giving Campaign and volunteered more than 4,600 hours throughout the year.
In 2019, Exelon Generation employees across the country pledged a combined $3.1 million to 849 different charities in their local communities. And for every dollar pledged by employees, the Exelon Foundation donated 50 cents to their local United Way, bringing the total donation to more than $4.6 million.
“It’s truly neighbors taking care of neighbors,” said Karen Nall, executive director of the Grundy County United Way. “You can feel that giving back is ingrained in the Exelon culture, and employees do that in so many ways – through donations but also by giving their time and talent in the form of labor and volunteerism.”
Here’s a by the numbers snapshot of charitable giving by employees by plant:
LaSalle County Generating Station (Marseilles, Ill.)
- $157,000 – Pledged by employees
- 130 - Local charities received funding including The Center for Youth and Family Solutions; Illinois Valley PADS Homeless Shelter; Streator Unlimited; and United Way of Eastern LaSalle County.
- 2,084 – Number of hours volunteered
Braidwood Generating Station (Braceville, Ill.)
- $200,000 – Pledged by employees
- 147 – Non-profit organizations received funding including Special Connections of Grundy County; Morning Star Mission; Our Patriots; Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Kuzma Care Cottage; Will County Humane Society; and United Way of Will and Grundy counties.
- 1,052 – Number of hours volunteered
Dresden Generating Station (Morris, Ill.)
- $185,000 – Pledged by employees
- 192 – Charities received funding including Coal City Food Pantry, Grundy Area Pads, Grundy Area Hospice, Illinois Valley Industries, Morris Community Foundation, Special Connections of Grundy County, Sunrise Center, We Care of Grundy County; United Way of Grundy, Will and LaSalle counties.
- 1,472 – Number of hours volunteered
Exelon Generation employees have a long-standing tradition of supporting their communities, not just with their dollars, but also with their time. Through Nov. 30, 2019, Exelon Generation employees at LaSalle, Braidwood, and Dresden stations volunteered more than 4,600 hours with charitable organizations in the area.
“We have strong bonds with the communities that surround our nuclear energy facilities,” said Bryan Hanson, Exelon Nuclear chief nuclear officer. “We believe strongly in investing where we live, work and serve.”
Across Exelon Generation, employees volunteered 38,000 hours this year, which is equal to more than four years’ time. Projects supported workforce development programs, STEM education events, environmental causes, food pantries and veterans’ organizations, among many others.
LaSalle County Generating Station produces two reactors produce more than 2,200 megawatts of carbon free electricity, powering 2.3 million homes. Braidwood Generating Station produces 2,400 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million homes. Dresden Generating Station produces more than 1,800 megawatts and powers more than 1.8 million homes. The stations are located in LaSalle, Will, and Grundy counties respectively.