Melissa Cheek, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist
Last week, BGE employee volunteers gave up their office and field equipment for shovels and rakes and gathered in the Oliver neighborhood of Baltimore City to help beautify the area through trash removal, painting, planting and building. Combining efforts, BGE employees worked with members of the community and other volunteer groups, led by local non-profit organization the 6th Branch
, to help build and restore green space and clear away debris.
BGE recognizes the importance of being active members of the communities we serve. As such, many employees regularly find ways to contribute both their time and labor to help others. They also serve on boards and look for ways to involve friends, family and co-workers to maximize the response and expand relationships within the community.
Not only do these outreach projects help us and our customers learn more about each other, but we’re finding that these projects also help communities learn more about themselves – as neighbors who work alongside each other to meet a common objective. Last week’s effort included the clearing of an empty lot, which we helped to convert into a bike trail for children; and the development of a community flower
garden and park for residents to enjoy with their family and friends. Our hope is that these new outdoor areas give children and families in the neighborhood an opportunity to continue to strengthen bonds and build on community pride.