BGE Volunteers Participate in Two Days of Service with Habitat for Humanity throughout
More than 50 BGE employee volunteers completed a variety of construction projects with Habitat for Humanity of the
Chesapeake and Sandtown Habitat for Humanity over two weeks
Volunteer efforts support BGE’s philanthropic commitment of $300,000 to Habitat for Humanity
BALTIMORE (Oct. 28, 2013) – In an effort to revitalize and re-energize communities plagued with vacant homes, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) volunteers participated in two days of service with Habitat for Humanity to complete a variety of construction jobs in homes throughout Baltimore City. BGE teamed up with both Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and Sandtown Habitat for Humanity to complete framing, interior carpentry, insulating and deck building projects, as well as painting and landscaping, at several homes in both the Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore City and the Chesapeake neighborhood of East Baltimore City. Both communities are part of a concerted effort at revitalization, as they remain some of the most blighted and problematic communities in Baltimore City.
As part of BGE’s long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility, in early 2013 the company provided $300,000 to the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, which serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. BGE’s contribution aims to make 180 limited-income homes more energy efficient and bring the homes up to the ENERGY STAR 3.0 standard.
“BGE and our employees are proud to support the communities in which we live and work, whether through charitable giving or employee volunteer opportunities such as the recently completed days of service where our employees put their skills to work, completing homes for limited-income customers with Habitat for Humanity,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “In addition, our 2013 contribution of $300,000 solidifies our commitment to Habitat for Humanity, and allows us to team up to create energy-efficient housing for limited-income customers, which in turn will help them and their families better manage their energy use and bills.”
Habitat for Humanity makes homeownership a reality for people living in substandard housing by providing volunteer-built homes to limited-income families. These families help build the homes, which are then sold with a no-interest, no-profit mortgage that is set at 30 percent of the family’s annual income. In this partnership-housing model, families in need of shelter become central to the solution. A house provides a family with the foundation for stable life patterns, resulting in improved health, increased academic achievement and a stronger community.
As part of its commitment to building strong communities in central Maryland, BGE supports initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity. 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, economic development, environment 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. BGE’s $300,000 contribution to Habitat for Humanity fulfills that commitment.
Throughout the month of October, BGE employees wore pink hard hats at volunteer events throughout BGE’s service area in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To view photos from the Habitat for Humanity builds visit BGE’s Flickr site athttp://www.flickr.com/mybge.