For Atlantic City Electric, powering communities goes well beyond providing safe and reliable energy service. Last year alone, Atlantic City Electric contributed approximately $1.2 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered more than 10,000 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout South Jersey.
For National Volunteer Month this April, Atlantic City Electric and its employees will continue these efforts, celebrating all month with events across South Jersey in support of local communities and organizations. These events further strengthen the company’s commitment to power a cleaner and brighter future for its customers and communities.
“From employee volunteering and corporate philanthropy to energy assistance and workforce development, we are working to meet the needs of our communities and customers, with a key focus on underresourced areas of South Jersey,” Marisa Slaten, director of corporate community impact for Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric, said. “We have more to do and will continue partnering with key organizations in the community to ensure we are fulfilling that commitment.”
The interconnection of community outreach and engagement, corporate philanthropy and volunteerism, and economic development efforts is a key component of Atlantic City Electric’s broad support for local communities. As examples of these initiatives, in 2022, Atlantic City Electric:
- Partnered on several workforce development programs across South Jersey, including the graduation of the first cohort from the Atlantic City Infrastructure Program;
- Joined with key stakeholders that are helping foster the future energy workforce through STEM programs with area middle and high schools and through partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, community colleges and other major anchor institutions and partners across New Jersey;
- Supported 15 local municipalities with funds to support open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, environmental conservation and innovative community resiliency projects; and
- Connected more than 34,000 customers with $88 million in energy assistance, supporting those that may be going through challenging times.
“Our dedicated employees of Atlantic City Electric are at the heart of our community impact,” Slaten said. “The company’s Powering Communities program helps connect employees with volunteer opportunities throughout Atlantic City Electric’s service area and recognizes their efforts.”
In 2022, 409 employees volunteered a combined total of more than 1,250 workdays through the program, helping support 125 different events.
Atlantic City Electric’s community giving focuses on organizations that help provide equal access to arts and culture and that educate customers about the energy industry and science. Atlantic City Electric’s community impact also includes organizations supporting community vibrancy, energy empowerment through sustainability, environmental and open space initiatives and those organizations that help foster the energy workforce of tomorrow.