A Fun – and Successful – Harvest
April 30, 2021
Over the past year, we’ve found creative ways to continue our various projects and initiatives in light of the pandemic. This is especially so for company-sponsored fundraisers such as our Harvest for Hunger campaign. The good news is – we’ve been able to keep it going well.
FirstEnergy employees fully supported our 2021 Harvest for Hunger campaign – which surpassed our fundraising goal by nearly 17%. In addition to generous monetary donations from our employees, we also had great virtual and safe in-person events benefiting this year’s campaign. Here are a few examples.
Employees at the Akron Contact Center purchased votes to see FirstEnergy Contact Center leaders get their heads shaved. The event raised $2,197 – more than its goal – resulting in buzzed heads for all five.
A team of JCP&L employees volunteered at the Fulfill foodbank in Neptune, N.J. They prepared 300 boxes of nonperishable food items for families in need.
Marc Turpin, supervisor, Utility Construction & Maintenance, and MOSaic N.J. co-chair, won an Apple iPad (donated by the JCP&L executive leadership team) in a Harvest for Sure Tip auction. Participants had to correctly answer: “How many operating companies are in FirstEnergy?” to purchase a $10 numbered tab. After all tabs (1,000) were sold, Marc had the winning number on the auction board.
Employees at West Penn Power’s State College Service Center raised $1,130 during the campaign and doubled their giving through the FirstEnergy Foundation Matching Gifts program. The three local food pantries receiving donations are: State College Food Bank, FaithCentre Food Bank and St. Paul Lutheran Church Food Pantry. Each organization expressed its gratitude to the generous employees and are thankful to FirstEnergy for supporting this annual employee-giving campaign.
Reading Contact Center employees generously contributed to their Pop-the-Trunk drive-thru food donation event.
Check out this video to see highlights from the Pop-the-Trunk Akron event.
Andrea Bortoluzzi, consultant, Community Involvement (r.), presented a $23,000 FirstEnergy Foundation check to Jennifer Miller, CEO, Westmoreland County Food Bank. The funds were raised during West Penn Power’s Harvest for Hunger Campaign.
Employees at Ohio Edison’s Elyria Service Center raised $1,160 for Harvest for Hunger. The funds were donated to the Lorain Second Harvest Foodbank.
Fort Martin Power Station employees held a Harvest for Hunger March Madness event. MikeShreves, engineer IV, won a Menards gift card and shirt, along with a basketball-themed gift basket, and the coveted Fort Martin March Madness trophy!
Our overall Harvest for Hunger campaign raised $333,088 and collected 8,429 pounds of food resulting in 2,338,639 meals.