Community Support is Strong at JCP&L

November 4, 2020

Our JCP&L employees have been busy making life better in the communities we serve. Here are a few great examples.

The FirstEnergy Foundation recently supported the Ma Deuce Deuce Ruck iT 2.0 event with a $3,000 check. Ma Deuce Deuce connects Jersey Shore veterans with special needs, to programs and services that provide necessary assistance. Operation Ruck iT is an annual event that went virtual this year due to COVID-19. During the event, participants walk about 13 miles with a weighted rucksack (backpack), which service members are often required to do with their military gear.

Frank Luna, consultant, Regional External Affairs, who also serves as an infantryman in the Army National Guard (r.), presented the check to Dennis Addesso, a Marine Corps veteran and president and cofounder of Ma Deuce Deuce.

JCP&L and the FirstEnergy Foundation donated a total of $65,000 to 13 local police chiefs associations in recognition of their key role in keeping communities safe around downed power lines and other electrical equipment. Here are photos from four of the check presentations.

Carol Bianchi, consultant, Regional External Affairs (r.), presented a $3,000 check to
Chief Vito Bet, Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Sussex County Police Chiefs Association (SCPCA) received a $6,500 FirstEnergy Foundation check.

Jackie Espinoza, consultant, Regional External Affairs (c.), presented the check to Neil Spidaletto, Sparta police chief and president of the SCPCA (l.) and Dan Young, Vernon Township police chief, and secretary of the SCPCA.

Jose Ortiz, consultant, Regional External Affairs (l.), presented a $2,000 check to Chief Daniele Angelo, president, Passaic County Police Chiefs Association.

Carol (r.) also presented a $1,250 FirstEnergy Foundation donation to the Association of Essex County Chiefs of Police. Receiving the check is Chief Sheila Byron-Lagatutta.

And more support for our New Jersey communities:

Jose presented a $6,250 FirstEnergy Foundation check to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). The funds provided more than 18,750 meals during the Tropical Storm Isaias restoration efforts. Accepting the check from Jose (r.) is Karen Leies, CFBNJ.

Project Help in Sussex, N.J., provides assistance to veterans in need. The FirstEnergy Foundation gave a $2,500 check to assist with the organization’s programs.

Jackie Espinoza, (c.) stands in front of the Project Help bus with the organization’s Sandy Mitchel and Judie McFarland. The bus is stocked with various supplies and travels where needed.