For Immediate Release
More than 150 BGE employee volunteers support the company’s commitment to National Volunteer Week by participating in community service projects with 35 local nonprofit organizations
BALTIMORE (April 7, 2014) – As part of its long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that in celebration and recognition of National Volunteer Week, throughout the month of April more than 150 BGE volunteers will participate in more than 40 community service events with 35 local nonprofit organizations. Created by executive order of President Richard Nixon in 1974, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in the United States. Millions of Americans participate in this event to demonstrate that individuals, families, businesses and organizations can positively impact their communities.
“BGE has a long history of supporting organizations that are doing great work in central Maryland, both through our charitable giving program and the volunteer efforts of our employees,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer for BGE. “Each of our volunteer events this month supports one of our particular areas of focus, including education, the environment, community development and arts and culture. I am proud of our employees for their commitment to serving their communities, not just during National Volunteer week, but throughout the entire year. On a daily basis, our employees demonstrate that BGE is a company that cares.”
While National Volunteer Week officially kicked off today, in the spirit of this event BGE employees will participate in community service projects throughout the entire month of April, many of which will be championed by a company executive. April’s volunteer projects will include:
BGE parent company, Exelon, empowers employees to design their own National Volunteer Week service projects and recruit others to participate. More than 1,000 employees and family members from all of
Exelon’s businesses, including ComEd in northern Illinois, PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania, Constellation and BGE in Maryland, and Exelon Generation and Exelon Business Services Company in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Texas, will participate in more than 100 volunteer projects that focus on education, environmental stewardship, diversity and inclusion, and community enrichment.
In 2013 alone, BGE employees, friends and family logged more than 25,000 hours volunteering with more than 135 different community organizations. Equivalent to 12 years of full-time service, these volunteer efforts offer BGE’s nonprofit partners the opportunity to reinvest resources and better serve communities throughout central Maryland. BGE employees also participate as board members for 124 local nonprofits. Providing personal and professional experience, BGE executives and staff members share their skills in building stronger organizations to serve the community.
Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played 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, the environment, community development and arts and culture.
BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years.
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