Employee volunteers from energy company Exelon kicked off the holiday season by contributing 14,000 volunteer hours and participating in more than 150 service projects in support of #GivingTuesday, the national day of giving. More than 1,500 Exelon volunteers in 39 cities are participating and have expanded their efforts this year by taking part in charitable activities throughout the month of November.
#GivingTuesday, which falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, encourages acts of kindness and generosity from individuals, civic organizations and businesses to help foster lasting change in communities. Throughout the year, Exelon matches employee charitable donations of $25 or more dollar-for-dollar. On #GivingTuesday, Exelon will not only match employee contributions dollar-for-dollar, but will also contribute an additional $100 on employee donations of $100 or more to their charity of choice.
So far in 2017, employees have pledged more than $8.2 million through Exelon’s Employee Giving Campaign, exceeding the company’s goal and breaking previous records.
“We are proud to be part of the #GivingTuesday campaign and support its mission to bring people together through community service,” said Maggie FitzPatrick, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs, Philanthropy and Customer Engagement at Exelon. “Exelon employees across the country are passionate about giving back to the communities where we live and work – dedicating more than 176,000 hours to community service so far this year. It’s one of the many ways we are living our values during the holidays and throughout the year.”
Exelon’s community programs engage employees in volunteer and charitable giving opportunities that enrich them personally and professionally, while positively impacting the community year-round. In the month of November alone, Exelon volunteer activities included:
- Tutoring low-income children to improve their reading comprehension skills through the Working in the Schools Initiative (WITS) in Chicago and Philadelphia READS
- Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless with Catholic Charities at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery in Washington, D.C.
- Planting organic crops to support access to sustainable nutrition at Urban Harvest’s Agape Community Garden in Houston
- Restoring a no-kill shelter at the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County in Maryland
- Sewing fleece blankets and writing cards to pediatric patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Helping maintain the nation’s oldest memorial grove for Medal of Honor recipients in Valley Forge, Pa.
Volunteers for #GivingTuesday service projects include employees from all of Exelon’s businesses, including Atlantic City Electric in New Jersey; Delmarva Power and Light headquartered in Delaware; BGE and Constellation headquartered in Maryland; ComEd in northern Illinois; PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania; Pepco in Washington, D.C.; and Exelon Generation and the Exelon Business Services Company in Illinois and across the mid-Atlantic region.
Employee donations to Exelon Foundation’s Matching Gifts Program, in part, supported relief efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and two earthquakes in Mexico. Exelon was also named among the country’s 50 most community-minded companies by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
To learn more about Exelon’s initiatives to support communities, visit exeloncorp.com/community and follow the hashtag #ExelonVolunteers.