Lending Younger Citizens a Hand

April 7, 2021

​From reading programs to career preparation and health needs, the children in our service territory benefit from our employees’ volunteer efforts and FirstEnergy Foundation’s generous contributions. Here are a few examples.

This team of employees, back row, l.-r.: Corey Edge, engineer IV; Libby Durr, consultant, Regional External Affairs; and Dalton Russell, service worker-B, volunteered at the Morgantown Public Library (Mon Power service area). The group read children’s books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including Sit-in: How four friends stood up by sitting down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Seated in the photo is Corina Chang, marketing manager, Morgantown Public Library.

JCP&L recently supported Brookdale Community College’s Male Minority Initiative. This year the event was conducted virtually and attended by hundreds of high school students interested in learning about careers and opportunities. Rob Rizzolo and Marisela Fuster, assistant Workforce Development representatives, presented an overview of FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute training program. Marc Turpin, Utility Construction & Maintenance first class line worker, shared his experiences having graduated from the program, and External Affairs’ Stan PraterKathy Moyer and Jim Markey supported the presentations.

A screenshot from one of the presentations.

The Children’s League for Crippled Children, which operates in the Potomac Edison, West Penn Power and Mon Power service areas, received a $2,000 FirstEnergy Foundation grant. Accepting the check from Jim Crowder, consultant, Regional External Affairs (l.), is Cathy Growden, executive director of the Children’s League. The organization’s programs provide free orthopedic, cerebral palsy and cleft lip/palate clinics as well as speech evaluations/therapy and physical therapy to children up to age 21. The league holds an annual free clinic conducted by pediatric orthopedic surgeons from Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Foundation’s funds will help offset the cost of operating safely during the pandemic.