NEWARK, N.J. — Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is celebrating the power of volunteerism by recognizing exemplary employee volunteers and rewarding the nonprofit organizations they support. The energy company will award 17 New Jersey nonprofits a total of $34,000 in recognition of the work of employees who donate their time and energy to philanthropic organizations throughout the Garden State.

The employees were formally recognized today by PSEG Chairman Ralph Izzo and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells at an afternoon luncheon at the company's headquarters.

"Though our employees expend a great deal of energy at work, they still manage to find time to give back and make their communities better," said Ralph Izzo, PSEG chairman, president, and CEO. "We honor their commitment and support their efforts. They are truly remarkable."

The nonprofits receiving the grants are as diverse as the employees who support them. This year's recipient organizations provide valuable services for youth, the homeless, disabled, elderly and low-income families, and concentrate their efforts on areas such as substance abuse, grief counseling, premature births, conservation and animal rescue.

For a list of awardees please visit PSEG's website.

Taking a moment to honor your employees for their philanthropic contributions is an ideal way to foster a giving spirit within your company and the community at large. Not only does PSEG encourage employees to get involved, but they also provide the causes additional financial support, thus demonstrating their commitment both to the community and their employees.