For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (Nov. 10, 2015) – The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal today presented Baltimore Gas and Electric with the Maryland Business Philanthropy Award in the large business category for recognition of BGE’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant program. The awards were presented as part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-Maryland Chapter’s Philanthropy Day luncheon held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
“Supporting safety is part of the fabric of BGE,” said Stephen J. Woerner, BGE president and chief operating officer, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. “These grants provide funding for emergency response and safety organizations to assist them in acquiring tools and equipment that contribute to the safety of the entire community.”
BGE’s program, now in its fourth year, supports nonprofit emergency response and public safety organizations throughout BGE’s service area. To date, BGE has provided nearly $1 million to 129 emergency response organizations, which share BGE’s commitment to the safety of central Maryland residents. The next recipients of the BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grants will be announced in early December.
BGE encourages eligible 501c3 organizations that respond to the community’s needs during emergencies to apply for grants of up to $10,000 each during the open application periods every September and October. Additional information on the grant application process can be found online at bge.com/emergencyrespondersgrant.
BGE presented $310,000 to last year’s 48 grant recipients. A number of grant recipients spoke about how they use the grants in this brief video. In addition to supporting the emergency responder community in Maryland, BGE provides safety awareness for fire, police, 911 centers and emergency management organizations who routinely work around utility equipment. BGE is recognized for its own emergency response record, ranking among the top utilities in the nation for rapid response to gas emergency calls and in working to prevent damages to energy equipment.
BGE plays an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, environment, community development and arts and culture.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental
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