A total of 114 PPL employees fanned out across central and eastern Pennsylvania recently to participate in the annual United Way Days of Caring. Days of Caring help kick off the annual United Way campaign.

Here’s a recap from the Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg, Scranton and Shamokin:

•Sixty-three PPL employees joined forces with nearly 1,000 other business volunteers to take part in the 22nd annual United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Day of Caring event on Sept. 10.

At the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown, 50 employees replaced ceiling tiles and painted. The work required muscle, sweat and a willingness to get down and dirty. For Don Sinsky, relay and protection technician, volunteering his time was very personal.

“As a child I went to Camp Horseshoe which was then associated with the Boys and Girls Club. The camp was later sold, but 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,” he said.

“Over the years PPL has adopted the Boys and Girls Club for the Day of Caring. PPL volunteers see the need to get the projects done. When you have a lot of people it’s amazing the work that they can do. We are thrilled to have PPL back for another year. PPL volunteers make a difference to us,” said Deb Fries-Jackson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club.

At Camelot for Children, 13 Office of General Counsel employees used the day as a team-building experience. Outside, they scrubbed playground equipment and toys in preparation for fall. Inside, they inventoried board games.

“It’s equally important to spend time out in the field doing projects like this,” said Mike McGrail, deputy general counsel and vice president-Office of General Counsel. “Time is just as valuable as money to those in need. This is certainly a worthwhile project for these kids.”

“We are a staff of two at Camelot House,” said Chris Cleaver, executive director of Camelot for Children. “The volunteers will accomplish today what would have taken us weeks. My biggest thank you to everyone.”

In Harrisburg, United Way team captain Vivian Reynolds recruited 40 employees who volunteered their time at four locations on Sept. 11—Allegheny Valley School, Capital Area Greenbelt Association, Capital Area Soccer Association and Habitat for Humanity.

Nine employees from the Scranton Service Center helped at Angel’s Attic at the United Neighborhood Center on Sept. 3.

Two employees helped at God’s Chuck Wagon food bank in Shamokin in conjunction with the Lower Anthracite Region United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 11.