School Supplies and Much More
November 1, 2019
Every autumn, children in FirstEnergy’s service territory get an extra boost of support. Whether it’s backpacks filled with school supplies or laptops for computer education, the FirstEnergy Foundation and our employees generously give back to help children in need.
Potomac Edison employees, in partnership with our MOSaic Employee Business Resource Group, held a toiletry drive for Children in Need, Inc. The agency provides daily essentials to more than 3,100 children in Washington County, Md.
Our Elyria Service Center and Line Shop employees, along with Ohio Edison Line Shop and Substation employees, volunteered for the United Way of Greater Lorain County’s Fill the Bus campaign. Our volunteers assisted with collecting and loading more than 18,000 items onto two trucks, provided by Ohio Edison, and delivering them to schools throughout Lorain County. Bret Zak, manager, Operations Services, Elyria Line Shop, was instrumental in collecting the donations and organizing the use of the Ohio Edison vehicles.
FirstEnergy donated 20 laptops to Jacob’s Ladder in Monmouth County, N.J. The organization’s mission is to provide area youth with opportunities to develop leadership skills and improve self-perseverance, as well as having fun while learning life skills.
Altoona employees supported the Blair County United Way Backpack Program by donating school supplies for local students. The backpacks were filled with the collected items and distributed for donation.
Forty-three Akron employees distributed filled backpacks for the United Way of Summit County’s Stuff the Bus campaign, which yielded enough school supplies and monetary donations for 924 backpacks for three Akron Public Schools: Rimer Elementary, Helen Arnold Community Learning Center and Windmere Community Learning Center. Our participation was coordinated by Rachel Greer, associate Workforce Development representative; Lauren Graves, business analyst; Kirsten Dransfield, analyst IV; and Crystal Miller, associate business analyst. Also providing assistance were Lorna Wisham, vice president, Corporate Affairs & Community Involvement; and Torey Tolson, analyst III; along with Richard Tipton, building mechanic A, and Von Jones (contractor) of Facilities.
Monarch’s Way in Chambersburg, Pa., received 12 gently used laptops from West Penn Power. State Rep. Paul Schemel worked with Jim Crowder on coordinating the donation. Monarch’s Way is a private Christian school based in a loving, family environment dedicated to helping at-risk girls break free from life-controlling behaviors and circumstances.