Chesapeake Cares

At Chesapeake, we care about our employees and our communities. We believe our employees make Chesapeake the special place that it is, and we care about every one of them – every day. Our communities are equally important and we make it a priority to give back to the places where we live and work. For that reason, we created the Chesapeake Cares program, which includes a variety of initiatives that demonstrate our care for our employees and the communities we serve.

Chesapeake is committed to playing an active role in its communities and being a constant resource to customers. Throughout the year, we actively support more than 100 organizations through donations, in-kind contributions, sponsorships and volunteer activities. For the third year, the Chesapeake Cares Holiday program in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware provided 1,000 holiday care packages for those in need during the holiday season.

At Chesapeake, we are aspiring, caring, connecting and growing and we continue to showcase these efforts through ongoing employee and community based programs.

Recent Chesapeake Cares Programs:

2016

Holiday Cares 2016

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is proud to announce that their 5th Annual Chesapeake Cares holiday partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware raised $30,000 in donations and packaged more than 1,400 holiday meals. As is done every year, Chesapeake and the FBD provide food and supplies to disadvantaged Delaware families this holiday season. Chesapeake employees and family members volunteer to collect donations, food and gifts.

“Our company thrives on the community around it,” said Michael P. McMasters, President & CEO of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “This is an incredible way for us to give back to the community that we serve. We are proud to be partnering with FBD for this program, and hope to continue to for some time.”

Summer Cares Volunteer Event 2016

Last summer was Chesapeake’s biggest Summer Cares program yet. Charitable and volunteer events were held in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, and Ohio. Over 21,500 pounds of canned goods and fresh produce were donated, allowing for approximately 4,800 summer meal packages to be made for children in the community.

Go Red for Women Luncheon 2016

Chesapeake’s team for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® campaign raised approximately $470,000 over the past three years, all while lead by Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, Elaine B. Bittner. She built a team of employee volunteers from locations in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, and Ohio. Chesapeake is proud to be a Legacy Sponsor for the event every year.

2015

Holiday Cares 2015

For the fourth year, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation employees donated their time and effort to package and distribute 1,000 holiday meal boxes to help provide "Thanksgiving for All" Delaware families.

Through Chesapeake's partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, employee volunteers and their family members packaged and distributed complete holiday meals at four sites in Kent and Sussex Counties from November 9-18. Each box was filled with the makings of a festive holiday meal, including stuffing and mashed potato mixes, shelf-stable milk, cranberry sauce and more, and then topped with a frozen turkey.

The Company's hard-working volunteers staffed the distribution operations at each site. In all, 167 employees volunteered 856 hours to the Food Bank of Delaware to complete the Thanksgiving for All project.

The food in the holiday meal packages was provided through a $26,500 donation from Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.

Summer Cares Volunteer Event 2015

On July 20-21, 75 employees and family members of Chesapeake Utilities, Sharp Energy, Eastern Shore Natural Gas and Corporate volunteered their time at the Food Bank of Delaware's Milford warehouse in support of Summer Cares.

Over two days, Chesapeake volunteers sorted over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce and donated food and packaged over 3,500 meals for children in Sussex and Kent Counties as part of the Food Bank's Summer Nutrition program.

Day of Advocacy – Legislative Hall 2015

Chesapeake employees joined Governor Jack Markell and dozens of other volunteers at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware to raise awareness about statewide food insecurities and hunger issues.

Volunteers assembled 5,200 "backpack" meals to help feed over 5,000 students at local schools who have signed up for the program.

Go Red for Women Luncheon 2015

Chesapeake partnered with the American Heart Association as a Legacy Sponsor for the Southern Delaware Go Red for Women® Luncheon in celebrating "Hearts Connecting Women."

Elaine Bittner, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, was the Chair for the 2015 event and was awarded the "Passion and Leadership Award" for her leadership and significant contributions to raising awareness across the nation about heart disease and stroke.

Employees from Delaware and Florida volunteered to help raise funds and champion the fight against women's heart disease and stroke resulting in a record-breaking event for the Delaware chapter of the American Heart Association.

2014

Holiday Cares 2014

For the third year, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware to provide food and supplies to Delaware families facing hardship this holiday season. Chesapeake employees and family members assembled 1,000 care packages, and distributed them to the community on November 17th, 18th, 19th and 25th.

Approximately 165 Chesapeake volunteers spent three days packaging holiday meals and three days assisting the Food Bank of Delaware with the week's holiday distribution. In both rain and frigid temperatures, committed volunteers loaded grocery carts with holiday boxes and turkeys and helped recipients load their cars.

More than 200 families received a holiday meal box – containing a frozen turkey, all of the trimmings and a roasting pan -- at a distribution at St. Bernadette's Church in Harrington. Another 325 families were served outside Chesapeake Utilities' Dover office on South Queen Street. 300-plus families were served at Long Neck United Methodist Church in Millsboro. The remaining boxes were distributed at the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Dover.

"It means a lot to our employees when they can give a few hours of their time to work together to provide good meals for families," added Mrs. Bittner. "Volunteering at the Food Bank of Delaware is just one way that we can all give back to our communities and it is something that our team looks forward to all year."

The food in the holiday meal packages was provided through a $30,000 donation from Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.

Dogfish Dash 2014

The annual Dogfish Dash is a 5k & 10k road race that starts and ends at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE, attracts close to 2,000 runners from all over the country and benefits the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Chesapeake is not only a sponsor of the event, but has many employee volunteers dedicated to helping make the event successful. Chesapeake's employees assist in a variety of ways, from handing out much appreciated water to runners, to pouring brews at the after party, to answering logistics questions and some even run the race. This year's event raised over $75,000 for the Conservancy! Not only that, but the event achieved close to a 92.5% recycling rate due to the efforts of the sponsors and the volunteers.

Summer Cares Volunteer Event 2014

On July 24-25, 55 employees and family members of Chesapeake Utilities, Sharp Energy, Eastern Shore Natural Gas and Corporate volunteered their time at the Food Bank of Delaware's (FBD) Milford warehouse in support of Summer Cares.

Over two days, everyone's hard work and positive energy were put to good use sorting more than 17,400 lbs. of donated canned goods and fresh produce collected at the Delaware State Fair.

Chesapeake volunteers also packaged 2,897 meals for kids in need in Sussex and Kent Counties as part of the FBD's Summer Nutrition program.

2013

Dogfish Dash 2013

The annual Dogfish Dash is a 5k & 10k road race that starts and ends at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE, attracts close to 2,000 runners from all over the country and benefits the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Chesapeake is not only a sponsor of the event, but has many employee volunteers dedicated to helping make the event successful. Chesapeake's employees assist in a variety of ways, from handing out much appreciated water to runners, to pouring brews at the after party, to answering logistics questions and some even run the race. This year's event raised over $51,600 for the Conservancy! Not only that, but the event achieved close to a 95% recycling rate due to the efforts of the sponsors and the volunteers.

Holiday Cares 2013

For the second year, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware to provide food and supplies to Delaware families facing hardship this holiday season. Chesapeake employees and family members assembled 1,000 care packages, and distributed them to the community on November 18th, 19th and 20th, in Dover, Georgetown and Milford, respectively.

"It means a lot to our employees when they can give a few hours of their time to work together to provide good meals for families," added Mrs. Bittner. "Volunteering at the Food Bank of Delaware is just one way that we can all give back to our communities and it is something that our team looks forward to all year."

250 of the 1,000 meal packages were distributed by volunteers from Chesapeake Utilities Corporation outside its natural gas distribution office location on South Queen Street in Dover. 300 more boxes were distributed by Chesapeake and Sharp Energy employees outside of Grace United Methodist Church in Georgetown, and another 300 were given out at the Food Bank of Delaware's Milford Facility. In addition, 100 meals were distributed through mobile pantries in Seaford and Felton neighborhoods later in the week. The boxes contained non-perishable food items needed to cook a holiday meal. Families also received a frozen turkey and a foil roasting pan. The food in the holiday meal packages was provided through a $21,000 donation from Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.

Summer Cares Volunteer Event 2013

In July, more than 50 employees from Chesapeake Utilities, Sharp Energy, Eastern Shore Natural Gas and Corporate participated in the Summer 2013 Chesapeake Cares Volunteer Event.

For two days, everyone's hard work and positive energy were put to good use helping the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) provide more than 3,200 meals to kids in need in Sussex and Kent Counties.

To help prevent these kids from going hungry, the FBD provides a Summer Nutrition program where volunteers "pick and pack" meals into coolers that are then delivered each day to schools and other drop-off locations for distribution to the kids.

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