Fulfilling Youth Needs

June 8, 2020

Note: The information and photos in this issue of Together were submitted prior to implementing COVID-19 preventive measures including social distancing.

From FirstEnergy Foundation contributions to computer donations and more, our company provides much-needed support for the children in our service area.

The Freehold Borough Educational Foundation (FBEF) (JCP&L area), received a $1,000 FirstEnergy Foundation check in support of its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs. FBEF promotes educational excellence through creative and innovative teaching, student development and enhanced community/school partnerships.

L.-r.: Jean Holtz, FBEF; Bill Kwasnicki, Customer Account specialist; Bob Fragoso, supervisor, Freehold Line; and Patrick Mulhern, principal, Park Avenue Elementary School, with students.​

Jim Crowder, consultant, Regional External Affairs (third from l.), presented a $5,000 FirstEnergy Foundation check to the Garrett County School District’s First Robotics Team (Potomac Edison area). The donation is a sponsorship for a portion of the team’s yearly operating costs. Members of the team are planning careers in STEM fields of study. We presented our check on the same day the group held a public information session to unveil the robot they built for the First Robotics competition.


Employees at the Greensburg Corporate Center participated in the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit (WIU) Backpack Program for homeless children in Westmoreland County. WIU is a regional education services agency that provides cost-effective, management-efficient programs to public and private K-12 schools, school districts and the community. Our employees contributed more than $1,400 worth of supplies and $500 in monetary donations. The 1,000 backpacks were filled with notebooks, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, bars of soap, blankets and other toiletries.

Shown with some of the donations are, l.-r.: Andrea Bortoluzzi, consultant, Community Involvement; Joyce Sukay, business technician; and Christie Ridenour, WIU.

FirstEnergy donated 10 laptop computers to Hyndman-Londonderry Public Library (HLPL) (West Penn Power area). The laptops will be used for upgrading the current catalog computer, public in-library use, computer trainings and staffing needs, as well as STEM activities for local youth. The FirstEnergy Foundation also provided a $1,500 grant for the library’s “Raise the Roof” fundraiser.

With the donated laptops and check are External Affairs’ Jim Crowder (l.) and HLPL’s Shane Lynn.