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BGE Recognizes and Supports National Hispanic Heritage Month



BGE Recognizes and Supports National Hispanic Heritage Month through More Than $55,000 in

Charitable Contributions and Volunteer Support

 

Company strengthens year-round support of diverse and inclusive communities, customers and employees by recognizing

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month to acknowledge the contributions, traditions and cultures of Hispanic Americans

 

BALTIMORE (Sept. 24, 2013) — In recognition, celebration and support of the 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Month, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is participating in several volunteer, employee engagement and philanthropic events from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 this year to acknowledge the contributions, traditions and cultures of Hispanic Americans.  National Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate independence days on Sept.16, Sept. 18, and Sept. 21, respectively.

BGE is honored and proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and to support the Hispanic community with its employees, customers and communities it serves. Throughout 2013, the company has provided both philanthropic and volunteer support to the Hispanic American community across BGE’s central Maryland service area. To date, BGE has provided more than $55,500 in charitable contributions, including:

·         The Hispanic Business Community for the annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference, which provided workshops, training and business sessions focused on creating opportunities and strategic alliances for success;

·         The U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE) in support of the Latino/Black Student Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summit Program;

·         The Latino Providers Network (LPN) to sponsor a monthly educational seminar series, which provides participants with assistance with finding a job, an interpreter to assist with language barriers and assistance with healthcare needs, among others; and

·         The National Aquarium in support of the Latino Heritage Night on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.

 

BGE is strengthening its year-round philanthropic support of the Hispanic American community by participating in Governor Martin O’Malley’s 2013 Day to Serve. BGE will provide volunteer support at the Esperanza Center’s Warmth in the Winter event to be held on Sept. 27, 2013.

 

In addition to philanthropic and volunteer support, BGE continues to strengthen its support of a diverse and inclusive workforce. As such, BGE and Exelon offer several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that support diversity and inclusion and serve as a resource to the corporation and its employees. These groups are integral to the companies’ diversity and inclusion strategy, as they strengthen employee links, raise awareness, share knowledge, provide perspectives, improve recruitment, promote personal growth and serve as a forum for education, communication and professional development. Externally, they work to strengthen corporate citizenship, alert Exelon to new market opportunities and build ties to the communities in which the organization operates. The groups are self-initiated, voluntary, corporate-wide, free of charge and inclusive to all employees.  Current ERGs represent various communities, including:

·         African Americans 

·         Latinos

·         Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Individuals 

·         Women 

·         Military/Veterans

·         Developing Young Professionals 

·         Asian Americans

·         Environmental Focused 

 

BGE is currently in the process of establishing a Baltimore chapter of the Organization of Latinos at Exelon (OLE) in support of Latino and Hispanic employees.

 

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, environment, community development 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. Year-to-date, BGE has contributed more than $2.2 million to 150 charitable organizations throughout central Maryland, helping to enrich the diverse communities it serves.

For more information, visit bge.com