During the holiday season PHI employees notch up their spirit of caring and giving to become deeply involved in food, toy and monetary gift drives. In 2013, employees donated food to many local food banks as well as organized collections for Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army angel tree and numerous other seasonal programs.
PHI and its utilities have a unique relationship with our local American Red Cross chapters. We frequently partner with them when severe weather or other events have an impact on the community. American Red Cross leaders join us at press conferences in advance of or after a weather event. The Red Cross supplies and staffs shelters for our customers in times of extended power outages. And it provides information or tips on emergencies or preparedness that we share with our customers.
In turn, we donate regularly to the American Red Cross. In 2013, PHI and its utilities gave nearly $95,000 to the Red Cross chapters in our regions, almost half of which ($50,000) was for emergency services. We donated to the following American Red Cross chapters: New Jersey Gloucester County, New Jersey Camden County, Southern Shore (Chapter), Delaware, the National Capital Region
In addition, employees throughout PHI contribute generously to Red Cross disaster relief through individual donations and as a company. In 2013, we donated $50,000 to Red Cross restoration efforts after the typhoon in the Philippines.
PHI is deeply involved in the United Way and our commitment begins at the top. PHI Chairman, President & CEO Joe Rigby had chaired the United Way of the National Capital Area’s board in 2012, and our involvement extended to include our service areas in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Thanks to that top-to-bottom commitment, PHI employees and retirees pledged more than $684,000 for the United Way in 2013-2014. With the addition of funds raised through special fundraisers and company matching donations, the campaign generated nearly $760,000.
PHI volunteers not only talk the talk, but walk the walk − literally. Nearly 100 volunteers from the Pepco region and their families and friends raised about $47,000 to help fight heart disease leading up to the 2013 American Heart Association's Greater Washington Region Heart Walk. Atlantic City Electric Region President Vince Maione led 200 walkers in his region in May, raising $10,000 for the cause.
Our employees across the company also dressed in red one day in February to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign to raise awareness for its mission to wipe out heart disease.
PHI employees participated in the 2013 March of Dimes, March for Babies campaign to help prevent premature births, infant mortality and birth defects. They raised nearly $27,000 that the company matched. In addition to the donations, the Pepco region had 60 walkers supporting the effort on a beautiful Saturday morning.