When Victoria Diaz moved from Philadelphia to the Lehigh Valley, she looked for volunteering opportunities as a way to get in touch with the community.
Six years later, Victoria’s settled in – but she hasn’t stopped working to make her community a better place.
She serves on the steering committee of LEAD, PPL’s business resource group for employees of Latino heritage. LEAD is heavily involved in supporting Casa Guadalupe, an organization that assists the Lehigh Valley’s Latino community.
LEAD members volunteer for a community garden cleanup each year at Casa Guadalupe, and have supported a Thanksgiving food drive there. Victoria, who has a background in art, designed and helped paint a mural for Casa Guadalupe’s community center.
Through LEAD, Victoria also has helped with cleanups at Camp Fowler in Orefield — a camp that works with Valley Youth House — and at the Hispanic Center in Bethlehem. (That event was co-sponsored by PPL Vets, the company’s business resource group for veterans.)
PPL has a longstanding relationship with several downtown Allentown schools, and Victoria has volunteered at Lincoln Elementary to help a teacher with reading and spending time with children.
Victoria — she’s an operations scheduler here at PPL Electric Utilities, by the way — also stays active in the community through her church. Most of that time is spent at Simplicity, a Christian-based agency that provides food, social services, Bible studies, and other services to the neighborhood centered around Eleventh and Tilghman streets in Allentown. Victoria and her husband have led an art class there, in addition to other volunteering activities.
“As a Christian, I feel it’s important to serve other people,” Victoria says. “I’m just happy to do what I can, and motivated to continue.”
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