Constellation today announced 10 new community organizations for its quarterly Community Champions grants program. During the second quarter of 2014, Constellation donated $4,500 to community organizations in Maryland, New Jersey, Georgia and Texas that support education, youth development and environmental education. “Constellation is proud to support our customers in their commitment to making a difference in their local communities,” said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Constellation. “Since December 2013, Constellation has provided over $40,000 in funding to more than 100 organizations proposed by our residential electricity and natural gas customers.” Constellation customer Gail Seelig used her $250 Community Champions grant to help the Panther Power Robotics Team at The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in Providence, N.J., to purchase materials to develop an invention which assists area police and first responders to gauge water depth and open manholes in flood emergencies. “Constellation’s grant helped our students build science and technology skills by supporting their invention in competition,” said Seelig. The Panther Power Robotics Team’s invention earned regional and state First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Championship awards and qualified to compete at FLL’s national tournament. Cassata High School in Fort Worth, Texas, used its $500 Constellation Community Champions grant to send students in its environmental science course on a field trip to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, where the students and their mentors learned about environmental career options and what they can do as individuals to care for the environment. “This is a great opportunity for our students,” said Annie Chavez, director of development and marketing at Cassata High School. “Many of our students will be the first in their family to earn a high school diploma, and our goal is to provide mentorship and enrichment opportunities to help them achieve success. Because of the Community Champions grant, we were able to provide a field trip that helped them learn more about the environment, research and what they can do to make a difference.”
Other winning Constellation customers used grants to host a junior gardener event, support an anti-litter campaign and fund a volunteer therapy program to increase youth literacy. A full list of projects can be viewed here.Customers are encouraged to go online to nominate their favorite local project or cause. To apply, visit www.constellation.com/communitychampions and have your account number on hand to identify you as a Constellation customer. Community-based efforts focusing on education, youth and the environment are eligible for funding. Designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for requests up to $500, and other community causes may submit requests up to $250. Constellation Community Champions grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. The next deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014. To learn more about the program, visit the Community Outreach section of www.constellation.com. About Constellation The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers ( www.constellation.com) are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp., and are leading competitive retail suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation’s retail businesses serve more than 100,000 business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers. Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).