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ComEd's Power of One Heroes Recognized

Monday, February 03, 2014

In honor of Black History Month, ComEd launched its "Power of One" campaign to recognize unsung heroes, like Diane, who are making a difference in the community. The campaign profiles 28 inspiring Chicago-area "Neighborhood Heroes," and their unique stories of how they are powering lives.

What makes somebody a “Neighborhood Hero”? ComEd defined it as someone who works diligently to make an impact in his or her community by dedicating their time, energy and resources to producing positive results. 

"We are pleased to honor our heroes for their remarkable contributions to their neighborhoods and Chicago's rich African American heritage," said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president of strategy and administration, ComEd. "For more than 100 years, ComEd has been committed to serving the communities where our customers and employees live and work, and this campaign is an extension of this longstanding commitment."

Elizabeth Gardner, board member of the South East Chicago Commission, was recognized as “Power of One” hero.  As one of the leaders of the Woodlawn Community Summit, Gardner identifies all of the ways her community can be improved and then takes action to make them happen.  Watch this:

Chicago’s South Side is well represented on the list of heroes.

After realizing the impact he could have on his community, Carl D. West started the Truth 4 Literacy After School Program in Bronzeville. This important program provides the crucial skills children need to continue their education and lead successful lives. 

See all of the Power of One heroes on the ComEd website.

Should you or someone your know be the next "Neighborhood Hero" featured? Nominate them today!

Nominations should include:

1. nominee's full name, 2. nominee's organization, 3. nominee's email address and 4. brief description (< 100 words): What makes them a Neighborhood Hero?

Please email all nominations to: