Giving back: Chesapeake Utilities, Schell Brothers, Easterseals

Chesapake Utilities employees at volunteer project.

Dover-based Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that employees logged approximately 5,000 hours of volunteer service with nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s service area in 2019.

Chesapeake’s service area includes the Delmarva Peninsula and portions of Florida.

Chesapeake Utilities’ community initiatives ramped up during the holiday season. Employees donated their time and energy to various activities such as collecting winter coats and toys for less fortunate children, and helping to collect and distribute food for families.

Some of the Company’s fall and winter volunteer initiatives included:

  • Chesapeake Utilities joined the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity for a ‘Framing Frenzy’ event at the Company’s Energy Lane Campus in Dover. Employee volunteers joined local students from Polytech High School to frame a home for a family in need.
  • Employees from Sharp Energy and Chesapeake Utilities joined DART First State, Roush Cleantech and Coach and Equipment, Inc. for a ‘Stuff the Bus’ food collection event at the Company’s Energy Lane Campus in Dover.
  • Chesapeake Utilities team members joined members of the Food Bank of Delaware for a series of Thanksgiving meal box distributions.
  • The Company’s employees spearheaded a winter coat drive and distributed the coats through the Boys and Girls Club in Dover.
  • The Chesapeake Utilities Customer Care group sponsored its annual ‘Ornaments for Sharing’ tree decorating program, raising more than $1,500 for the Company’s SHARING program, which provides financial assistance for natural gas and propane customers on the Delmarva Peninsula.
  • Employees donated gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and sponsored children at the Elizabeth W. Murphey School in Dover to ensure children received Christmas gifts.

Schell Brothers expands Project Kudos

Project Kudos, a movement started by Rehoboth Beach-based Schell Brothers, announced their plan to introduce a charitable aspect to their 2020 mission.

Their aim is to support local pre-chosen charities on a monthly basis by way of donating $1 for every “Kudos” given across their social media accounts and 2020 Bus Tour.

Project Kudos, was officially launched in 2018 by Schell Brothers, a new home builder in Southern Delaware and Richmond.

In their monthly company meetings, and throughout the workday, as team members stand up and give kudos to someone who helped them out, made their day better, etc.

“This new mission, Kudos For A Cause, invites anyone and everyone to use the power of social media to make someone feel awesome while supporting a local nonprofit at the same time. The initiative will take place through monthly posts on their Facebook and Instagram and will encourage people to share the posts and give kudos on their personal profiles,” a release stated.

Kudos stickers can be picked up at the Schell Brothers office in Rehoboth, at a Kudos Bus tour event, or created digitally at At the end of the month, the Kudos will be tallied up and the donation will be made to the charity of choice for that month.

In February, Schell Brothers and Project Kudos will be supporting Rosa’s Diaper Drive ending in a “Fill The Kudos Bus” Happy Hour at the Summer House. The public is encouraged to come out, bring diapers to donate, and fill out a Kudos Sticker to place on the bus.

Rosa’s Diaper Drive, spearheaded by Apple Electric, Rehoboth Beach, commenced in 2013 to fill a need in the community for local families who are unable to afford a consistent supply of diapers. The donated diapers will be given to local women’s health clinics where t will be distributed to those in need.

76ers Fieldhouse new home for Easterseals volleyball event

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore announced that the 2020 Easterseals/CAI Volleyball Challenge will take place on May 29-30at the 76ers Fieldhouse, 401 Garasches Lane, Wilmington.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this family-friendly event that raises money to benefit children and adults with disabilities served by Easterseals in local region.

Tech services company CAI is returning for the 16th year as the Title Sponsor, along with Founding Sponsor, Canada Dry. Last year’s Volleyball Challenge raised more than $250,000 for Easterseals.

Teams consist of 6 to 10 players who play teams of similar ability in non-competitive play. Exciting prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising individuals and teams.

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