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BGE and Baltimore Community ToolBank Celebrate Inaugural Year

Editors Baltimore Times | 6/13/2013, 9:13 p.m.
On Monday, June 10, 2013, BGE and the Baltimore Community ToolBank hosted an event to celebrate a powerful inaugural year collaborating with volunteers from local nonprofit organizations in Baltimore. (Left to right) Ellen Falk, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland; Lynn Hrdlick, BGE; Cassandra Champion, executive director, BCTB; Jim Emge, vice president, BCTB; David Milton, BGE and BCTB Board; Jo Ellen Soesbee, BCTB Board; and Wade Brown, BCTB Board. Courtesy Photo

Community and nonprofit leaders from across central Maryland gathered to applaud the collaboration between BGE, the Baltimore Community ToolBank and their organizations

Baltimore— On Monday, June 10, 2013, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) and the Baltimore Community ToolBank (BCTB) hosted an event to celebrate a powerful inaugural year collaborating with volunteers from local nonprofit organizations to provide the tools needed to make a positive and meaningful impact on their communities.

Since the ToolBank opened in June 2012, it has housed more than 175 tool types for nonprofit use, including shovels, rakes, drills and much more for the purpose of lending these tools to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. The ToolBank has powered more than 10,000 volunteers on 500 projects, lending more than $212,000 worth of tools and equipment to organizations across Maryland. At the event, participants were able to hear how they can utilize ToolBank tools and BGE charitable support to better leverage their own resources to do more in communities throughout central Maryland.

“BGE is proud to support the Baltimore Community ToolBank in its mission to provide the tools nonprofit organizations and their volunteers require to continue their work to improve the quality of life for communities across central Maryland,” said Carol Dodson, vice president and chief customer officer, BGE. “The collaboration between BGE, the ToolBank and local community and nonprofit leaders is vital to each of our efforts to invest in the growth and sustainability of local neighborhoods in need. BGE takes very seriously its responsibility and commitment to enhancing neighborhoods across central Maryland. Whether it’s through charitable giving or employee volunteer opportunities, BGE has a rich history of enhancing the communities we serve, and strongly supports the economic and community development efforts of organizations across our service area.”

“Here at the ToolBank we are grateful for the generous support we have received from BGE in our inaugural year in Baltimore,” said Cassandra Champion, executive director of the Baltimore Community ToolBank. “For just pennies on the dollar, nonprofit organizations can do more service projects with larger groups of volunteers for less— while making an even bigger difference in our neighborhoods and communities. Through the support of companies like BGE, we are able to be catalyst for nonprofits and their volunteers throughout central Maryland. We have had an increasingly successful first year, and we are excited to see what local volunteers are able to do in our communities in the future.”

As part of its commitment to enhancing the communities it serves throughout central Maryland, BGE supports nonprofit organizations through funding and volunteer efforts on programs that help deliver a measurable impact in the areas of education, energy efficiency, environment, emergency response and economic and community development. Together with its customers, BGE actively and enthusiastically teams up with organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities where both BGE customers and employees live and work.

To learn more about the Baltimore Community ToolBank, visit: www.baltimore.toolbank.org or call 410-244-5565