More than $115,000 donated to local organizations in less than four weeks.
News Release, Exelon Corp Public Affairs
LUSBY, MD (June 17, 2020) – Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant employees answered the call recently when the United Way of Calvert County requested help for local non-profits supporting those impacted by the pandemic.
Calvert Cliffs launched a fundraising campaign that challenged employees to see which department could donate the most money to local non-profit organizations. The station’s employees stepped up to the challenge, donating more than $52,000 dollars between April 20and May 15. Exelon Generation matched the employees’ contributions and the station was able to donate a total of $105,000. An additional $10,000 was donated by Calvert Cliffs to local food charities as part of the station’s annual charitable contributions to the local community.
“This is our community; we live and work here and want our families and communities to thrive. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been directly affected or doesn’t know someone who hasn’t been impacted during these unprecedented times. Whether it’s donating food, repairing homes for veterans or a dollar donation, we are here for the community,” said Calvert Cliffs Site Vice President Tom Haaf.
United Way of Calvert County has partnered with End Hunger, Farming 4 Hunger and other pantries, providing coordination of volunteers, managing shifts and deliveries, and soliciting cash and food donations for food kits for those in need. They continue to manage resource information to the community from local and state officials and remain a partner in solving ongoing needs as they arise.
“Our community is a better place because of the employees at Calvert Cliffs that are so generous with their time and donations to support our nonprofit community. The need is great, and it is not going away, so we cannot thank them enough”, said Kelly Chambers, CEO United Way of Calvert County.
Calvert Cliffs’ $10,000 donation to local food charities included End Hunger Calvert, which received $7,500 in support of supplying food and resources to 73 partner feeding organizations throughout southern Maryland including food pantries and mobile distribution sites. Funds also supported Farming for Hunger, which received $2,500 to assist with supporting an advanced growing season and increased food production allowing more families to be fed, sooner than originally planned.
Calvert Cliffs is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County and is Maryland’s only nuclear energy facility. The station is home to two pressurized water reactors capable of generating more than 1,800 megawatts combined, providing approximately 80 percent of Maryland’s clean energy and powering more than 30 percent of all homes and businesses in the state.