Bayville Church Receives Award for Sandy Recovery Work

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Exelon Corporation has recognized the volunteer work of Tom Powell for his work in Superstorm Sandy Recovery through Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville.  Tom has been awarded an “Exelon Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Award.”  He is among 18 Exelon employees in the United States who are being honored for outstanding volunteer service to the community.  He will be honored at an award ceremony in Philadelphia on Monday, June 8, 2015, and his volunteer organization, Morning Star Presbyterian Church Volunteer Village, will receive a $5,000 Merit Award on behalf of Tom’s volunteerism.

Tom Powell picTom is a resident of Lacey Township, NJ and an elder at Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville, NJ. He has worked at Exelon’s Oyster Creek Generating Station in Lacey for 26 years.  Since February 2013, Tom and his wife Priscilla have been charter members of the team that organized the Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Village at the Morning Star Presbyterian Church. He has participated in the development of grant applications and subsequent bidding and hiring to implement physical changes at the church to create the Volunteer Village, which is a hosting site with a capacity of 30 people.  The Village is used by volunteers from across the country who work to rebuild the Jersey Shore, following Hurricane Sandy. Tom has been volunteering with the church for over 20 years, serving as a board member and working on the design and construction team in addition to his work for the Volunteer Village. He finds the work he does very rewarding and finds joy in giving back to those in the area who are in need.

The Volunteer Village at Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville is a ministry responding to the needs of Jersey Shore homeowners in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.  The Village has partnered with a variety of local organizations including the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group, United Way, Jersey Shore United, Habitat for Humanity and others, to provide relief for those whose homes were damaged by the storm.  The Volunteer Village provides a place to stay for work teams who come from all over the country to help with the rebuilding of homes.  To prepare for this ministry of hospitality, showers, washer and dryer, picnic tables and other amenities were added to the church facility. Team members meet with the volunteers to assure their comfort, and also coordinate their work projects. Tom’s tasks within this ministry have been in the areas of planning, construction and group facilitation.

Currently in its third year of service to the community, the Village has hosted over 900 workers from 17 states, who have contributed a total of 50,000 hours of volunteer labor. Based on an estimated value of $28 per volunteer hour, the workers have contributed $1.4 million worth of labor in the rebuilding effort.  Volunteer teams from Morning Star have worked in Ocean, Monmouth and Atlantic Counties. Teams are dispatched to the Volunteer Village at Morning Star through the call center for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA).  PDA’s relief efforts are funded through individual donations, the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering and grants from other organizations such as the American Red Cross.

The Volunteer Village is a ministry of Morning Star Presbyterian Church, which in addition to the expected church activities of worship and education, also supports a very productive food pantry and three Alcoholics Anonymous groups. More information may be found at www.morningstarchurch.org.  Information about help for homeowners affected by Sandy is available by calling 732-606-9700 (Morning Star Presbyterian Church) or 732-569-3834 (Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group).

Exelon has a longstanding tradition of charitable giving and service to civic and nonprofit organizations through its “Energy for the Community” program. In 2014, more than 4,500 Exelon employee volunteers recorded nearly 113,000 hours of service to community non-profit organizations. This is equivalent to 2,825 workweeks or 54 years of fulltime service.

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 32,500 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 more than 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 7.8 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).

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