Books, Baskets and Cheerleading

April 4, 2019

When it comes to children’s needs, FirstEnergy employees are passionate about giving back. Here are three great examples.

Greensburg (Pa.) employees recently volunteered at the United Way of Westmoreland County, gathering books and crafts for children at six local YWCA locations. Employees in the photo below held a book drive in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the Read Across America Book Drive program.

L.-r.: Marcy Haas, Donna Cline and Andrea Bortoluzzi.

Employees at the Altoona (Pa.) facility wanted to make sure hospitalized children have an enjoyable Easter holiday through the Easter for Eli program. In memory of Elias “Eli” Garrett, a 3-year-old boy who lost his battle with cancer, Easter for Eli provides Easter baskets for children who cannot be home for the holiday. Participants donated items and assembled nine Easter baskets. Several departments throughout the office took part in the project, including the Altoona project crew.

Thanks to Jeff Mickel, master mechanic-chief, Altoona, for initiating the idea for the baskets.

Shown with a few of the baskets are (l.-r.): front row, Beverly Green, consultant, Regional External Affairs; T.J. Mickel, vice president, UWUA Local 180; Karen Macak, senior clerk, Substations; and Janet Hoover, Customer Account specialist III; back row, Jeff Mickel and Jay Merritt, line leader, Altoona.

Laura Tubo, consultant, Regional External Affairs (third from l.), joined other community leaders in participating in a fashion show in Canton, Ohio, to raise money for the World Elite Idols cheerleading team. In addition, the FirstEnergy Foundation provided a $500 sponsorship to World Elite Idols, which is committed to serving individuals with disabilities.