Learning to Help Others

August 29, 2019

Each year, FirstEnergy provides a well-rounded experience for its summer interns and co-ops. In addition to working hands-on in a professional environment, they learn the important role FirstEnergy plays in making our communities stronger.

Here’s a look at a few of our 2019 summer interns and co-ops giving back to our communities.

Treasury interns volunteered their time at Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio. They assembled teaching kits, which are prepackaged bundles of program-specific materials including student worksheets, handouts, activity pieces and posters. The recycled kits will provide programming for approximately 210 students this fall.

In the photo, l.-r.: Vinny Oppedisano, Jaylon Grimes and Wanlu Wang.

Interns from IT, Supply Chain and Administrative Services, along with a number of FirstEnergy leadership representatives, helped provide new bicycles for children in need to enjoy during their summer vacation – and beyond. At the Build-A-Bike event at our West Akron Campus, the group was challenged with putting together Tuffy bicycles – with an interesting twist. Each team was divided in half – with one half assembling the bikes blindfolded – while the other half provided instructions. The team effort produced eight new bikes for children at the South Street Ministries in Akron. Helmets also were provided.

This team had a little help from one of the children.

Eight new bikes ready to go!

A group of Supply Chain and IT interns volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity of Summit County’s ReStore in Akron. Our interns assembled furniture, stocked the floors with merchandise and assisted customers with purchases. The ReStore offers new and gently used building materials, furniture and appliances available to the public at deeply discounted prices. Proceeds from the sale of these donated items benefit Habitat for Humanity.

A day well spent.