VTO Roundup!

December 31, 2019

Community events, fundraisers, foodbanks and museums – our employees put their VTO (Volunteer Time Off) to good use this year. FirstEnergy’s VTO policy allows eligible employees to participate in up to 16 hours annually at approved 501(c)3 organizations during the workday.

Check out the variety of ways our employees volunteered.

A Racy Event

Members of FirstEnergy Young Professionals volunteered for the first annual Build N’ Battle fundraiser held by the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron. The FirstEnergy Foundation sponsored two teams.

Corporate teams had the opportunity to build and race their cars, while networking with other participants. The funds raised support the derby’s mission.

“The event was a blast! It was really nice for our teams to come together, work on and complete a project in the same day,” said Joshua Vaughan, analyst III. “And, both teams did well – Team FE 1 took second place and Team FE 2 came in fourth place.”

Building for the Future

Using their VTO, 11 Potomac Edison employees worked on three special projects for Head Start of Washington County in Hagerstown, Md. The agency provides children with nurturing experiences, a strong foundation for developmental growth and opportunities to achieve in school.

These five talented employees installed pavers so children could have a safer area to walk. L.-r.: Matt Rhoderick, lineman A; Darren Rice, lead lineman; Curtis Kingsbury, line troubleshooter; Keith Potter, supervisor, Regional Operations; and Mark Zucca, supervisor, Engineering Services.

Painting classrooms at the Martin Luther King Center in Hagerstown are (l.-r.) Lana Houser, supervisor, Distribution Technology; Tammy Saylor, senior administrative assistant; Heather Stumbaugh, distribution technician, Engineering Services; and Rich Funk, manager, Operations Services.

Giving Back to Nature

Gayle Myers, Transmission scheduler, enjoyed using her VTO at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio. She worked in the Nature Store and assisted with maintaining the hiking trails.