“It’s spring! What better way to get outside and take a walk with a purpose, than to clean up our parks and the environment…while getting a little exercise!” – Amy McCawley
Now, this is what we call teamwork. John and Amy McCawley are not only a PECO power couple, they’re also a powerhouse in their community. John, Director of Energy Acquisition at PECO, and Amy, Manager of New Business – New Residential Construction at PECO, boast over 50 years, collectively, as part of the PECO/Exelon family. And during their time with the company, they’ve jumped at every opportunity to give back to the communities that PECO serves.
John and Amy can always be called on to join team members for volunteer activities in support of PECO’s community partners. One day it’s making lunches for MANNA clients; on another, it’s supporting Cradles to Crayons as they provide critical essentials to children and families across the Greater Philadelphia region. As Amy recently shared, “Volunteering as part of a team is an instant team building activity which makes the day fun. We get to meet [the many customers in our service area] and learn more about them, [while giving] back to our community all at the same time.”
On Saturday, April 24, the giving continued as John and Amy joined Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Audubon Pennsylvania, and other PECO employee volunteers in West Fairmount Park for a restoration project to plant trees and remove invasive vines, as part of National Volunteer Month and in celebration of Earth Week.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for parks and how essential they are to everyone’s mental and physical wellbeing. At PECO, we do more than keep the lights on and gas flowing. We power programs and community partners that preserve these open spaces and promote environmental education. Our employees mirror this commitment to greening the region and ensuring all communities and neighborhoods have access to safe, publicly-shared areas. They also actively support the communities where they live and work every day, with team members like John and Amy leading the way.
Annually, hundreds of employee volunteers from PECO celebrate National Volunteer Month by completing more than 25 different community service projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. In 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 374 PECO employee volunteers participated in 99 events, volunteering 9,348 hours in community service.
And why do they do it? It’s simple to Amy: “We are very fortunate, in so many ways. Giving a little time and effort to a worthy organization or to our neighborhood is the real gift.”