For more than six years, Nuclear Equipment Operator Bob Pakidis has been contributing to Clinton AMVETS Post 14, which helps meet the needs of our country’s veterans through moral, financial, citizenship and family support. Their motto: Veterans Supporting Veterans. Bob is a veteran himself, and he often delivers meals with his son Robert to veterans living alone who don’t get many visitors, especially around the holidays. He says that nothing is more rewarding than watching their faces light up when he arrives.
Bob has been involved in virtually every activity on the AMVETS calendar, including fundraising, working with Boy Scouts on community activities, flag retirement ceremonies, home visits and the Honor Guard ceremonies. He even facilitated a fundraising day at the Clinton Power Station to benefit the Danville Illinois Veterans Hospital. For all his contributions, Bob received the 2016-2017 AMVETS Post 14 “Veteran of the Year” award, the 2016-2017 CPS Impact Leader award, and the 2016-2017 Illinois State Scout AMVET Supporter award.
Bob loves seeing generations of people working together to make life better for those who served our country. As a father, veteran, and scout leader, he not only has had an impact on his son, but on other young scouts as well. Bob says the Merit Award grant will go towards constructing a shed to protect their Honor Guard Trailer and equipment storage.
About the Exelon Energy for the Community Employee Volunteer Awards Program
Each year, Exelon makes grants totaling $200,000 in honor of 24 outstanding employee volunteers for their work in the community. Nonprofits will receive grants of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000. Since 2007, the Awards Program has recognized almost employees and provided more than $1.5 million to their nonprofit partners.
At Exelon, individual initiative drives our success.
Volunteerism is part of who we are. Our employees are purpose-driven in their work – as well as in their free time. In 2017, 7,808 Exelon employees spent more than 210,000 hours volunteering with nonprofits in the diverse communities we serve. We encourage them to track their hours so we can recognize and reward their work.