It seems like there aren’t many community agencies or causes to which Donna Cruciani hasn’t lent a hand.

Just to name some (and yes, this is a partial list):

As a member of FUSE, PPL’s support group for gay and lesbian employees, Donna has worked on adopt-a-family and adopt-an-apartment projects at Allentown’s Sixth Street Shelter. The group provides presents and supplies to one family at the shelter, and also cleans and repaints an apartment there at times when it’s not being used. FUSE collaborates on these projects with a similar employee group from Air Products & Chemicals.

Here at PPL, she’s also led numerous fundraising efforts to help the victims of disasters, including the Pulse nightclub massacre, Hurricane Katrina, and tsunamis.

She’s recruited fellow employees to walk in an annual AIDS walk, coordinated department charitable events such as food drives, and organized participation in Habitat for Humanity housing builds.

On her own, she’s volunteered at various local festivals and 5Ks, supported local animal shelter events, served on the boards of several local organizations, and volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and a summer camp counselor.

Oh, and let’s not forget: Donna, an AMR systems operator with PPL Electric Utilities, has also donated blood, and is committed to be a bone marrow and organ donor if the need arises.

How – and why – does one person reach out to help so many others?

“It’s passion,” Donna says, in perhaps the understatement of the year. “I have a passion for helping people.

“There are too many people in the world who are less fortunate. I want to help make a small difference in the lives of these people. People will always be in need, whether it’s due to a disaster, violence, or just issues in their everyday lives.”

Stay tuned to PPL Stories for more personal stories of PPL Electric Utilities employees in our communities.