Sep 15, 2015
Allentown, Pa. (Sept. 15, 2015) -- A team of more than 60 PPL employees volunteered at Camelot for Children and the Boys and Girls Club in Allentown as part of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s annual Day of Caring event on Sept. 10. Their effort helped make these facilities safer and more secure places for children to play, learn and grow.
“Day of Caring is such a worthwhile effort,” said Mike McGrail, deputy general counsel and vice president of PPL Corporation. “So many agencies need our help, and this is our opportunity to give our time and really help out these agencies that cannot afford to hire out to do these kinds of projects.”
PPL Corporation, a strong contributor to the United Way for decades, is committed to partnering with nonprofit organizations to strengthen the communities where the company lives and works. Involvement with United Way’s Day of Caring is about collaboration with PPL’s co-workers, peers and community organizations to make a real impact in a short amount of time.
“We are a staff of two at the Camelot house,” said Chris Cleaver, executive director of Camelot for Children. “The volunteers will accomplish today what would have taken us weeks.”
PPL employees completed a summer cleanup and prepared for fall at Camelot for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for disabled, handicapped and terminally ill children to socialize, interact and develop their physical and mental abilities.
For some PPL employees, volunteering their time is a way to say thank you to agencies that made an impact on their lives. At the Boys and Girls Club in Allentown where employees were painting and replacing ceiling tiles, Don Sinsky, relay and protection technician said, “As a child I went to Camp Horseshoe, then associated with the Boys and Girls Club, and I never forgot my time there. It means a lot to be able to give back now to the Boys and Girls Club. I know the kids really benefit from this.”
PPL Corporation is proud to partner with the United Way and is honored to see the impact it has on the community.
“What is really neat is that we have had some of the same PPL volunteers come back for the second, third and fourth year to volunteer,” said Deb Fries-Jackson, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Allentown. “It’s amazing the work that they can do in one day. It’s awesome.”
Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. PPL’s seven high-performing, award-winning utilities serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The company and its 13,000 employees are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and reliability and delivering superior value for shareowners. To learn more, visit www.pplweb.com.
About Camelot for Children
The mission of Camelot for Children, Inc., a non-profit organization, is to be a gathering place for seriously, chronically, and terminally ill, handicapped or disabled children. The nonprofit organization aims to foster an environment of emotional support among these children and their families; to provide opportunities for these children to interact with each other in a family/home setting; and to help develop their physical and mental abilities. For more information, visit camelotforchildren.org.
About Boys and Girls Club of Allentown
The Boys and Girls Club of Allentown is responsible for program opportunities for 3,100 boys and girls each year. The organization is in the forefront of youth development and offers daily access to a broad range of opportunities in five Core Program Areas that include: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; the Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Members benefit from trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help them take control of their lives, envision productive futures and achieve their goals. Parents interested in having their children join the Club and learn more about its programs can contact 610-432-9323 or visit www.bgcallentown.org.