By Nora Swimm, senior vice president – Corporate Client Services
In the 16 years I have worked at PJM, I have learned just how passionate employees are about giving back. PJM truly cares about the community where its employees live and work.
One Saturday a month, I join a group of volunteers to serve breakfast to homeless people. Over the years, I’ve seen many of the same faces, who have come to rely on the hot meal. I volunteer to serve breakfast because of the overwhelming feeling of having helped someone.
But, I am just one of hundreds of PJM employees, serving the community regularly. From our CEO and my fellow executives, who quietly serve at homeless shelters, to engineers, analysts and co-op students, who walk, run and cycle to raise money for charities – caring is very much part of our culture.
Last year, PJM employees donated 300 holiday gifts for families in need, served 5,100 breakfasts at local homeless shelters and volunteered more than 2,000 hours to community, civic, educational and health-related projects in their communities. In addition, employees gave generously to United Way and other charities.
Signs of our caring culture are evident throughout PJM. They remind us that “ICARE” stands for our core values of integrity, communication, accountability, respect and excellence. Other visual signs include “leaf” labels to reflect sustainability efforts, lobby displays for energy education or large bins placed around our campus to collect donations for the community.
PJM employees understand the importance of educating the next generation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Last year, employees provided demonstrations and shared information at the Philadelphia Science Festival, Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technologies and school career fairs in local school districts.
PJM is truly an organization that cares and is looking to enhance its value in the communities it serves with a different type of force. This culture is what attracts people to work for PJM, according to what I often hear from new employees when they arrive at PJM.
I believe everyone is looking for meaning and purpose, and I’m very proud to be part of a company that puts real energy behind giving back to the community. It’s one of the most valuable things a person can do.