Helping in More Ways Than One

March 2, 2021

Supporting those in need in the communities we serve comes in different forms – whether it’s employees volunteering at a local food bank or the company providing monetary assistance from the FirstEnergy Foundation. Here are a few recent examples.

A group of employees volunteered at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. They inspected more than 900 pounds of dry goods, helping to provide 750 meals for those in need.

L.-r.: Tammy France, senior generation specialist; Darrick McGhee and Toni Palmer, Customer Service assistants; Rebekah Semelsberger, supervisor, Customer Contact Center; and Karen Weber, analyst IV.

A few employees volunteered at the Fulfill Foodbank of Monmouth/Ocean Counties (New Jersey). The group installed an estimated 700 square feet of new laminate flooring in the facility’s cafeteria. The space is used by staff and volunteers who serve families in need.

At the installation (l.-r.): Ron Crocker, consultant, Regional External Affairs; John Meehan, consultant, Regional External Affairs and organizer of the event; Karen Shorter, clerk I; and Greg Perry, regional distribution system operator.​

Jim Crowder, consultant, Regional External Affairs, presented a $3,000 FirstEnergy Foundation check to the Fulton County Food Basket (WPP). The pantry is the sole source of food for those in need in the county and has been stretched to the limits since the beginning of COVID-19. These funds will be used for Grow Eat Move (GEM), a backpack program designed for school-age children when resources, such as free and reduced breakfast and lunch, are not available. Through this program, children receive a weekly backpack of nonperishable food and participate in interactive nutrition lessons.

Receiving a check from Jim (r.) is Sue Cubbage, director, Fulton County Food Basket.