Life is a long road, and one wrong turn shouldn’t block the way to success forever.
Brenda Truhe, manager-Compliance, strongly believes that, and it’s one reason why the 33-year PPL employee serves on the board of the Literacy Center, based in Allentown.
Some of those who come through the doors of the center are young people who dropped out of school, but now see that as a mistake and want to pursue a GED and sometimes college.
“The center has a very dedicated staff, providing a very needed and valuable service to help people become productive members of their community,” Brenda says. “I am a firm believer that if you make a mistake or life takes you down the wrong path, it shouldn’t end things. You should be able to get on the right path. The center helps with that.”
The center also offers English as a Second Language classes, which attract immigrants with a variety of skills who want to bring their skills to their new community, Brenda says.
“Many of the students have high school degrees, and some have bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees from their home country. All they need to contribute to the community is English,” she says. “It’s amazing to me what people go through to come here and start a new life in America. That the center can make that a little easier is a wonderful thing.
“The students are very dedicated. They want to be there,” she adds. “Just seeing that is rewarding in and of itself.”
Brenda became involved with the Literacy Center through a newspaper list of agencies needing help, as well as through a personal contact – a fellow PPL employee who was retiring and served on the agency’s board. She’s been involved for about four years on the Budget & Finance Committee and, most recently, the Executive Committee of the board. She contributes wherever she can at the center, including the book fair, putting together raffle baskets, sending thank-you notes, and helping the center relocate to its new, larger facility on Hamilton Street.
In other volunteer activities, she’s also a big supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, working to provide support to 20 families with back-to-school bags and health and beauty bags at the holidays. She has also served on a local community board through her church, and has tutored first-graders at Washington Elementary School in Allentown, which has a longstanding relationship with PPL.
Through her activities, she’s met people who are “trying and struggling.” That’s who she hopes to help out.
“I feel very fortunate to be here at PPL and have a good job,” she says. “When people want to help themselves, I want to help wherever I can.”
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