Two Northern Delaware Nonprofits Receive $15,000 as Delmarva Power Employees are Recognized for their Commitment to Volunteerism

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NEWARK, Del. (May 22, 2019) – Two Delmarva Power employees, Sarah Burgos and Victoria Land, have been recognized for their community volunteer work at the company’s Powering Communities Employee Volunteer Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. To recognize the employees’ hard work, Delmarva Power’s parent company, Exelon, announced a combined $15,000 in charitable contributions to the local nonprofits that the award winners support in Delaware.

“We’re part of the fabric of Delaware and we view our volunteer work as a fundamental element of being part of the community,” said Glenn Moore, Delmarva Power region vice president. “Through the Powering Communities program, we recognize employees who embody this principal of community service and show our gratitude to our many selfless colleagues who take time out of their day to give back to the communities we serve.”

During National Volunteer Month in April, more than 150 employees volunteered approximately 1,200 hours—120 hours more than this time last year—supporting nearly 71 local organizations. As part of this effort, a number of Delmarva Power employees joined Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County assisting with the building and renovation of four new townhomes for families in Wilmington’s Hope Run development. Hope Run is an important part of the organization’s neighborhood revitalization initiative. This is just one of the many volunteer opportunities Delmarva Power employees participated in during National Volunteer Month this year.

This year’s Powering Communities Employee Volunteer Award winners at Delmarva Power were selected for their contributions to two organizations serving northern Delaware.

Victoria Land, of Newark, Del., senior engineer, is a strong volunteer for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – DelMar Peninsula Section. SWE promotes engineering as a career for women, helps members advance their careers, and inspires and guides youth into engineering careers. Victoria aided in the creation of the organization’s DelMar Peninsula Section 20 years ago and has been volunteering with the organization ever since. She has held many positions with the section, including president, treasurer, robotics mentor, and more. Victoria finds it rewarding to be a part of shaping the future as more females become interested in STEM career choices and enjoys being a role model for others interested in the field of engineering. Exelon will provide the chapter with a $10,000 grant in recognition of Land’s volunteer efforts.

Victoria Land, holding award, a senior engineer, was recognized for her work with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – DelMar Peninsula Section. Pictured, from left, Vice President of SWE Susan Smiley, President and CEO of Pepco Holdings Dave Velazquez, Victoria Land, and SWE member Cheryl Szurkowski.

Sarah Burgos, of Middletown, Del., a senior business analyst, and her family prepare 50 sandwiches a week for The Friendship House, a faith-based corporation serving individuals and families that are or are at risk of experiencing homelessness or displacement. In six months, Sarah and her family have purchased supplies for, assembled, packaged, and delivered 1,232 sandwiches. If stacked one on top of another, their sandwiches would be as tall as a six-story building. The Friendship House staff looks forward to Sarah’s weekly delivery. Exelon will provide The Friendship House with a $5,000 grant in recognition of Burgos’ volunteer efforts.

Sarah Burgos, third from right, a senior business analyst, was recognized for her volunteer work with The Friendship House. Pictured, from left, Executive Director of The Friendship House Kim Eppehimer, President and CEO of Pepco Holdings Dave Velazquez, Sarah Burgos, and Sarah’s family.

This year, 24 employees across the Exelon family of companies were recognized for their efforts and their nonprofit partners each received grants from the company. An external selection committee, comprised of leaders from the nonprofit community, selected these dedicated individuals for their volunteer efforts. Since 2007, the awards program has recognized more than 220 employees and provided more than $1.7 million to nonprofit partners.

Through the Powering Communities program, hundreds of Delmarva Power employees volunteer annually to support initiatives including arts and culture, community development, environmental sustainability, and education initiatives that align with the company’s purpose of powering a cleaner and brighter future for its customers and communities.

In 2018, Delmarva Power contributed more than $1.2 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered nearly16,000 hours—which is more than 1,900 work days—to benefit approximately 460 organizations throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Together, employees at Delmarva Power and the Exelon family of companies volunteered more than 240,000 hours with a variety of organizations across the country in 2018.

Source: Delmarva Power

 


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