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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published June 19, 2013

BGE, The Salvation Army and KaBOOM! Team Up to Build a Playground in a Day for Annapolis Children



Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, The Salvation Army and KaBOOM! 

Team Up to Build a Playground in a Day for Annapolis Children

 

 

The playground, designed by children ages 3 – 15, was built in just one day by volunteers from BGE and the surrounding community

 

BALTIMORE, (June 19, 2013) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) employee volunteers teamed up with the Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Maryland, KaBOOM!, and residents of the Annapolis community to build a new, safer playground at the Salvation Army facility. Nearly 200 volunteers, more than half of which were BGE employees, gathered Friday in the early morning hours to spend the day building a new playground from the ground up. Planning for the playground began at a special ‘design day’ event held in May when local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM!, BGE and The Salvation Army to design their dream playground. The children's drawings were then used to create the final design.

 

“Whether it’s through charitable giving or employee volunteer opportunities, BGE has a rich history of enhancing the communities we serve,” said Carol Dodson, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “Just as BGE takes very seriously our commitment to enhancing neighborhoods across central Maryland, our employees are just as strongly dedicated to giving back to communities through their own charitable giving and volunteer support. Together with our customers, we actively and enthusiastically team up with organizations, such as KaBOOM! and the Salvation Army, that work to improve the quality of life in the communities where our customers and employees live and work. In addition to our charitable sponsorship, we had nearly 100 employees that excitedly participated in the KaBOOM! playground build. At BGE, our top priority is the safety of customers, employees and their families and we are proud to be a part of an event that will provide a safe play area for the children of Annapolis. We are excited to continue to team up with KaBOOM! in the future to build safe playgrounds for our customers and their children across our entire service area.”

 

The new playground will provide more than 1,200 children in the community with a safe place to play. This playground will serve the hundreds of children that participate in Salvation Army programs throughout the year and those who live within walking distance. As part of the three organizations’ joint efforts to promote a healthy, safe community, this playground will provide invaluable space to help the children stay active. The existing playground was built in 1962 and is no longer in use, as it has been deemed unsafe.

 

“We are so very pleased to work together with hundreds of volunteers and stakeholders to build such an amazing play space,” said Captain Richard New, corps officer for The Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Maryland. “We are so very grateful to BGE for providing and KaBOOM! for facilitating such a wonderful addition to our community.”

 

Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.

 

The playground was the first to be built by KaBOOM! and BGE and  is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 in an effort to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Volunteers constructed the playground in about six hours, which included moving 43,740 square feet of mulch, and constructing picnic tables, all without the use of power tools.

 

The tools the volunteers used for the build were provided through the Baltimore Community ToolBank, a nonprofit organization that provides an inventory of tools – shovels, rakes, drills and much more – for lending to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. For just three cents on the dollar per week, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and educational institutions, community groups, neighborhood associations and their volunteers now have access to the tools and equipment they need to renovate, renew and revitalize.

 

As part of its commitment to enhancing the communities it serves throughout central Maryland, BGE supports nonprofit organizations through funding and volunteer efforts on programs that help deliver a measurable impact in the areas of education, energy efficiency, environment, emergency response and economic and community development. Together with its customers, BGE actively and enthusiastically teams up with organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities where both BGE customers and employees live and work. Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help improve the quality of life in central Maryland.

 

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.

 

To see photos from the event, visit BGE’s Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybge.

 

For more information on BGE’s commitment to charitable giving and dedicated employee volunteers, visit bge.com/ourcommitments.

 

 

About The Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Maryland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,200 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

 

About Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. 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. Like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterYouTube  and Flickr.