ONTARIO, N.Y. — Exelon Generation employees and the Exelon Foundation are donating more than $4.6 million to support charitable organizations in the communities around its power plants. Employees pledged more than $3.1 million to 849 different charities in their local communities this year. And for every dollar employees pledged, the Exelon Foundation donated 50 cents to their local United Way, bringing the total donation to more than $4.6 million.
R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant employees raised more than $150,000 for local charities through individual gifts during this year’s employee giving campaign and more than $20,000 through fundraising events. Through the Exelon Foundation match, United Way of Wayne County will receive $75,000. Employee pledges also support local organizations including Veterans Outreach Center, Pines of Peace, Palmyra Community Center, and Wayne County Humane Society.
“Exelon Generation is an essential partner in helping to put opportunity into the hands of all Wayne County citizens,” said Carol Pettis, regional director, United Way of Wayne County. “Because of their volunteering and support, more kids will achieve their academic potential, adults can access emergency services while building financial stability, and families and teens will be able to access the support and services needed to live happy and healthy lives.”
“We have strong bonds with the communities that surround our nuclear energy facilities,” said Bryan Hanson, Exelon Nuclear chief nuclear officer. “We believe strongly in investing where we live, work and serve.”
Exelon Generation employees have a long-standing tradition of supporting their communities, not just with their dollars, but also with their time. Through Nov. 30, 2019, Exelon Generation employees at Ginna volunteered more than 1,800 hours with charitable organizations in the local area.
Across Exelon Generation, employees volunteered 38,000 hours this year, which is equal to more than four years’ time. Projects supported workforce development programs, STEM education events, environmental causes, food pantries and veterans’ organizations, among many others.
R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is located on 426 acres along the south shores of Lake Ontario in Ontario, NY, about 20 miles northeast of Rochester and 53 miles southwest of Exelon's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station. The plant generates enough carbon-free electricity for nearly 500,000 homes.