Cathy Long became involved with Atlantic City Electric volunteer activities in 2002 when she helped organize and recruit walkers for the March of Dime Walk for Babies team. That year, there were three walkers. Since then, the Atlantic City Electric team has grown to 25 walkers and has raised nearly $50,000 for the March of Dimes. She managed the team’s March of Dimes contributions for six years.
After losing her mother to heart disease, she decided to refocus her volunteer efforts to the American Heart Association Heart Walk, which takes place each year in Ocean City. “I really enjoyed the work I did for the March of Dimes,” she says. “But, after losing someone so close to heart disease, the Heart Walk seemed like a natural choice for me.” Today, Cathy serves as a team captain for the Heart Walk, helps with recruiting walkers and manages the donations that are raised.
Outside of work, Cathy volunteers her time in a number of ways. She is active with Project Graduation, an organization within Penns Grove High School - the school her grandchildren attend - that helps provide students with safe and chaperoned activities after their graduation ceremony. “The goal of Project Graduation is to make sure the students have fun in a safe way on that evening. In the past, we’ve taken them to the local YMCA and for the past few years, we’ve taken them to Sahara Sam’s, a local indoor water park, where they can swim with their friends all night long and win raffle prizes.”
She is also a member of the high school’s Band Boosters. The Boosters help to raise money in a variety of ways for uniforms, competitions costs and new instruments.
In addition, she volunteers her time at the annual Atlantic County Utilities Authority Earth Day event, , and in the past the American Red Cross annual blood drive and Meals on Wheels She has also spent time helping sister utility Delmarva Power at the Delaware State Fair and the Delaware Great Green Expo. In 2008 she was of the first recipients of the Atlantic City Electric Volunteer Initiative Program award and is an active member of the program. “I am fortunate to work for a company like this and am happy to be able to give back in whatever way I can,” she says. “It really doesn’t take much to give something back.”
Pictured above: Cathy poses with ”Supercan” at the 2014 ACUA Earth Day event.