Empowering Communities

Coming together while staying apart

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 is keeping people physically apart – but it hasn’t stopped people from coming together to help those in need.

For ComEd, supporting communities means more than just keeping the lights on. To help those affected by the virus, ComEd and its parent company Exelon recently contributed $250,000 to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Metro Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust and the City of Chicago.

These funds will support nonprofit organizations’ efforts to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Emergency food and supplies
  • Supporting low-income families and students impacted by school closings
  • Primary care health services
  • Short-term rental/mortgage assistance
  • Direct financial assistance for household expenses

“The recent coronavirus crisis has created a surge in demand for health, housing and financial services from United Way of Metro Chicago’s partners in the community,” said Kiara Goodwin, communications senior manager at United Way of Metro Chicago. “With these emergency grants, nonprofits will be able to continue serving our neighbors at their highest capacity.”

ComEd, the Exelon Foundation and Exelon Generation also donated $2 million to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. This donation adds to the more than $1.15 million previously donated by the Exelon family of companies to relief organizations nationwide to support communities affected by COVID-19.

“At a time when so much is uncertain, it’s a relief to know that people and businesses like ComEd and Exelon are ready to rise to the moment to support their neighbors in need,” Goodwin said.