Through "Energy For The Community," our employee volunteer network, PECO employees develop leadership and teamwork skills, and put a personal face on our corporate citizenship activities. The program engages employees from all parts of the company, and recognizes and celebrates the importance of their efforts in building relationships with customers and communities.
More than 100 executives and employees lend their time and professional expertise as board members of nonprofit organizations. PECO employees are represented on many nonprofit boards throughout the Philadelphia area, including The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Art Sanctuary, Pathways, The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo.
Our legal team continued to exhibit its commitment to the community by providing 1,410 hours of pro bono legal services and more than 916 hours of community service last year. Pro bono activities included support for obtaining birth certificates for the homeless, preparing living wills and medical powers of attorney for senior citizens in the Latino community, and participating in the Wills for Heroes program.
During the first official heat wave of the summer, more than 25 employees took time to load 500 fans into vans bound for senior centers throughout the company's service territory. This annual tradition allowed PECO to help senior citizens, who are the most susceptible to warm weather-related emergencies.
Big Brothers Big Sisters "Bowl For Kids Sake"/Beyond School Walls
More than 110 employees took a little of their spare time to strike a blow for Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS). PECO teams raised more than $16,000 in support of BBBS. The company also presented a check for $30,000 to offset the cost of providing "Bigs" for underserved children in the Philadelphia area. PECO employees also participate in the Beyond School Walls program. Through this program, students or "Littles" from Logan Elementary School in North Philadelphia visit PECO's Main Office Building twice a month to enjoy quality time with their "Bigs." Sessions include the opportunity to connect over games, educational activities, discussions and feature the added bonus of exposing students to a corporate environment, helping to shape their future goals.
During April, teams of PECO employees celebrate National Volunteer Week by hosting more than 20 community projects throughout PECO's service territory. Employees plant trees, work at local food banks, and support events helping children in need.
Salvation Army Holiday Volunteer Project
Taking time out of the busy holiday season, PECO employees volunteered their time to help those less fortunate. PECO was proud to support The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia and served as a partner of their Annual Joy of Sharing toy collection campaign. Employees donated toys throughout the month of December, volunteered to help fill toy requests for families in need, and answered phones at a telethon on CBS-3 to help brighten the holidays for local families.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
PECO and Exelon employees, family members and friends turned out on Mother’s Day to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The annual event helps raise funds for breast cancer research and strives to raise awareness and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to a corporate gift and employee donations, PECO raised more than $18,000 to support the event.
More than 200 employees teamed up with the City of Chester, Chester Education Foundation, Chester Community Improvement Project and KaBoom! to build the Playground for Peace in Chester, PA. The playground, which was built from scratch in less than 8 hours, will provide more than 700 children each year with a safe place to play.
More than 80 PECO employees, family members and friends celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by volunteering to help beautify South Philadelphia's Bok Technical High School. PECO teamed up with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to create a Diversity-themed mural that employees helped paint to further unite the school. In addition, employees painted an area of the school cafeteria that will be turned into a café, providing an area for students to play games, and relax, chat and interact.