BGE and Its Employees Thankful to Give Back in the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Employees donate canned and baked goods, Thanksgiving meals, volunteer time and skills to communities and families across central Maryland
BALTIMORE (Nov. 27, 2013) – Thanksgiving is the time for both thanks and giving, and nearly 100 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)employees have embraced the true spirit of Thanksgiving this holiday season. Over the past few weeks, employees have gathered at several events to support multiple nonprofit organizations and to give back to communities throughout central Maryland.
With more than 20 company-sponsored events over the past several weeks, employees gathered to donate canned and baked goods and prepare and deliver Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of families throughout BGE’s service area. In addition to monetary support to many nonprofits who will be delivering and providing Thanksgiving meals to needy families, BGE employees volunteered with the Bea Gaddy Foundation, Maryland Food Bank, Moveable Feast, Our Daily Bread and United Way in support of its healthy food initiative, to name a few.
“BGE and its employees have a long-standing history of giving back to the communities in which our employees live and work, through both charitable giving and volunteerism,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “To date, BGE has contributed nearly $3 million to more than 200 nonprofit organizations throughout our service area, and our employees have donated more than 18,000 volunteer hours to various organizations this year alone.”
Providing meals to hungry families at Thanksgiving is not new to BGE. In 1997, BGE employee John Price, supervisor of plant operations, started a tradition of delivering Thanksgiving meals to families in Baltimore City. Price formed a volunteer committee at BGE’s Spring Gardens facility, located in south Baltimore, and for the past 16 years the committee has organized an annual year-long fundraising effort that culminates in the delivery of Thanksgiving meals to families in need in south Baltimore City. This year, BGE employees will deliver 60 Thanksgiving meals to families in need. The Moveable Feast, a Baltimore-based provider of healthy food to low-income residents, and SHARE, a nonprofit organization that works to build healthier, stronger communities through volunteerism and access to wholesome foods, help support this initiative.
Jackie Heaney, a gas supply coordinator for BGE, has led the fundraising efforts for the BGE Spring Gardens facility’s volunteer committee for more than 10 years. Throughout the year, the committee hosted a number of events to raise money to pay for the dinners, including a Battle of the Bands competition in the spring and a car and motorcycle show in June.
“The reason I do this is simple: helping others matters,” said Heaney. “The fundraising, organizing and delivery of these Thanksgiving meals is about showing these families in need that someone cares about them. The volunteer committee from BGE’s south Baltimore facility knows the importance of giving back to the community, right here in our backyard. BGE has a long-standing commitment of supporting the communities in which our employees live and work, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to support our local community this holiday season.”
Looking for a way to give back during this year’s holiday season? The season of giving is the perfect time for those who have the means to share the warmth with those in need and to help make the holidays brighter for those families throughout central Maryland who may be financially challenged.
In December, BGE and the Fuel Fund of Maryland will kick off BGE’s annual giving campaign through bge.com and via postage-paid envelopes enclosed in customers’ bills. This annual, customer-funded effort makes energy assistance available to limited income customers who apply for assistance from the Fuel Fund of Maryland, after exhausting other resources. Additionally, customers who receive their bills electronically will be provided with a link to the Fuel Fund website to donate in the December issue of BGE’s eConnections electronic newsletter.
Individuals may also consider helping a specific customer with their BGE bill by donating through the Gift of Energy program. Using a special form available on bge.com, customers are able to make donations of any amount to the accounts of specific customers. Donations will apply on a future bill as a credit to the recipients’ BGE account. The recipient will be notified that they have received a gift credit. The donors may also notify the recipients or remain anonymous. The Gift of Energy recipient can be any BGE customer and does not have to qualify for energy assistance or any special programs. The Gift of Energy form can be found on bge.com and includes instructions on where to mail the special form and payment. Customers can also place aGift of Energy order by calling BGE at 888.232.0088 (there is a $2.00 processing fee for this service, and you must have the gift recipient’s BGE account number).
Through BGE’s Dollar Donation Fund, customers are able to designate a modest donation to the Fuel Fund and have it added to their BGE bill each month. When a monthly bill is paid in full, BGE will forward the contribution directly to the Fuel Fund. These donations are all tax-deductible and the Fuel Fund will send customers a summary of their donations for their records after the end of the year. Customers may stay enrolled for as long as they wish, change their donation amount or withdraw from the program at any time. To participate in the Dollar Donation Fund visit bge.com to complete a simple form, or call BGE at 800.685.0123.
For more information on contributing through the annual energy assistance campaigns, visit bge.com/ourcommitments.