As BGE celebrates its 200th anniversary, Butler will advocate greater commitment to central Maryland families and communities
At a time when all eyes are focused on the city of Baltimore and the surrounding region, Calvin G. Butler Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) will lead the 2016 United Way of Central Maryland fundraising campaign as Campaign Chair. In this role, Butler aims to bring central Marylanders together to make a positive impact on more families’ lives.
To celebrate the utility company’s 200 years of smart energy and innovation, the company will channel its energy into lifting area communities. In addition to setting a goal to increase the amount raised for United Way’s family stability programs, Butler is encouraging all United Way volunteers and donors to bring colleagues, friends and family to events and programs to help create change in central Maryland.
“I am chairing this year’s United Way campaign because I believe this is a pivotal time for our city and region,” Butler said. “We have an opportunity to make a powerful statement to the nation. We can find solutions to challenges facing thousands of citizens, right here in our own community. We need to join forces and commit to this critical cause. Throughout United Way’s 92-year history, the organization has developed solutions by providing critical services to area families in need. That mission continues and takes on even greater urgency today.”
The fundraising campaign will support United Way’s work to empower area families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Butler’s leadership will empower each member of the community to make positive change. United Way of Central Maryland has created a steering committee that will provide insight into each county the organization represents to see how United Way can connect with community members to identify needs and make sure those needs are met.
“We need to work together to make sure that United Way of Central Maryland has the resources needed to extend and expand their reach so that local families have healthy food on the table; a roof over their heads; stable employment and access to educational opportunities,” Butler said. “I am proud to lead this effort and am dedicated to overseeing a campaign that spells success for United Way, its families and the greater community.”
With the additional funds, United Way will be able to help at-risk children by expanding United Way’s new pilot education program to encompass all of central Maryland; increase the number of families the non-profit can impact and stabilize; and the number of children who will avoid a disruptive school transfer. Since the inception of United Way’s family stability programs in 2012, 856 families have overcome or avoided homelessness; and 99.3 percent remain safely housed today. The program has also helped 1,096 at-risk children successfully avoid a disruptive school transfer.
Butler is an active member of the local community, currently serving on the board of directors for the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore), the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He is also on the board of governors for The Center Club, and the board of trustees for the Baltimore Community Foundation.
In 2014, Butler served as the chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Baltimore Heart Walk, which was the most successful walk in the organization’s history in terms of dollars raised. This year, Butler was instrumental in bringing two prominent events to the city, the Light City festival and the National Urban League convention.
“Calvin is one of Maryland’s most prominent and influential leaders,” said Mark Furst, President and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “He has shown his commitment to central Maryland through his very personal community involvement. With Calvin at the helm, and the support of central Maryland neighbors, businesses and friends, I have no doubt that we’ll be able to make an impact on even more families in central Maryland this year. We cannot make our vision of healthier, more stable communities a reality alone. We need the support of the community.”
Don Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, led last year’s campaign.
For more information about United Way of Central Maryland, or to learn how you can contribute to the 2016 campaign, visit www.uwcm.org.
About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Family Stability is at the heart of this work, which includes helping children be successful in school so they graduate with a bright future; ensuring individuals, children and families have a safe, affordable place to call home; helping people find stable employment that brings in enough income to cover the basics and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. All of this work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues to individuals. Program volunteers answered more than 100,000 calls for help in the last fiscal year. United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To learn more about the United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org.