PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Employees from across PECO advanced the local region and celebrated National Volunteer Week by participating in more than 35 employee-led service projects across southeastern Pennsylvania. Throughout the week, more than 700 employees volunteered 2,500 hours in the communities where they live and work. These projects included renewing green spaces, serving meals to families in need, and educating children about science.
“Through our service projects, we are proud to support so many local nonprofit organizations that make our communities a better place for our customers,” said Romona Riscoe Benson, Director of Corporate Relations at PECO. “Our employee volunteerism with local nonprofits and civic organizations extends well beyond National Volunteer Week, and will remain a guiding principle of our company.”
Some highlights from PECO’s National Volunteer Week projects include:
- April 24 – Employees joined the Riverbend Environmental Center to perform planting and weeding to restore the area and help enhance the habitat for local wildlife
- April 25 – Employees revitalized wetlands to support habitat management at the Natural Lands Trusts Stroud Preserve
- April 26 – Employees beautified the grounds and painted benches at the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor Memorial
- April 27 – Employees provided educational experiences to children by teaching them about sound, music, art, and building construction at the Independence National Historical Park
- April 28 – Employees assembled care packages for active military service men and women
National Volunteer Week is an annual, nationwide celebration of people working to improve their communities through volunteer service. For the 11th consecutive year, PECO employees organized community service projects for more than 900 employees, family members and friends to participate in throughout April.
In addition to National Volunteer Week, PECO employees organized more than 55 volunteer service projects, recruited and engaged over 750 employees, and contributed more than 2,500 hours of service to the community throughout the entire month of April. This year, employees from PECO and its parent company Exelon, participated in more than 125 community service projects throughout the month. The projects focused on education, environmental stewardship, diversity and inclusion, and community enrichment.
In addition to PECO, National Volunteer Week included employee-led service projects from across the Exelon family of companies including: ComEd in Illinois, Constellation and BGE in Maryland, Pepco in Washington D.C., Delmarva Power in Delaware, Atlantic City Electric in New Jersey, and Exelon Generation and Exelon Business Services Company in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Texas.
PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia region’s most active corporate citizens, providing more than $6 million in grant support annually to hundreds of educational, environmental, arts and culture, and community development organizations. Through PECO’s Energy for the Community corporate citizenship program, PECO employees gave nearly 21,000 hours of time and talent as board members, coaches and volunteers to support community nonprofit organizations in 2016.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company’s 2,500 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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