An agency that serves as a community hub in the Bloomsburg area is shining brightly again, thanks to some volunteer work performed by our employees.

The Northern Columbia Community Cultural Center, in Benton, offers programs, events and social service support to people in four counties. The center’s services include a full-size gym and weight room, a senior center, a food bank and a local history museum.

Recently, a wooden pole on the center’s property rotted and fell, tearing off an overhead wire and smashing an area light. This left the center’s entrance area and welcome sign without any lighting. (We hadn’t already repaired this because both the pole and wire are owned by the customer, not by PPL.)

The center’s executive director, Athena Aardweg, reached out to our Field Supervisor Randy Hartranft for help. Aardweg and Hartranft are both graduates of the Leadership Central Penn program, which is offered by the Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce.

After that initial contact, employees in Bloomsburg swung into action:
• Hartranft and Field Supervisor Dave Kimmel obtained approvals to use equipment and materials to make the repairs.
• A number of field employees volunteered their time after working hours to do the job. Seven electricians and linemen ended up taking part: Joe Vandermark, Gale Roland, Allen Mausteller, Ken Andreas, Adam Beishline, Brett Holdren and Corey Levalley.
• Material and clerical staffers in Bloomsburg supported the project, as well.

The repairs were performed safely on Thursday (8/17).

“This was a great example of employees working together, with the company’s support, to rise to the needs of the community,” said Chuck Wood, Hartranft’s supervisor and field manager-Distribution Operations. “Employees in all areas were eager to help.”

The community center thanked PPL on Facebook with the following message: