We were proud to honor seven PPL Electric Utilities and PPL Corporation employees Thursday (4/19) for their volunteerism at the company’s second annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.

PPL Corporation Chairman Bill Spence noted that PPL’s employees last year donated nearly 8,000 hours of volunteer time through corporate-sponsored activities alone – such as United Way Days of Caring, Cover to Cover and Bowl for Kids’ Sake – and many more hours on their own.

“While I know that you choose to volunteer without expectation of being recognized or rewarded, today we wish to do just that,” Spence said.

The seven recipients won the awards based on nominations from peers and supervisors. Along with the awards, PPL will make donations on behalf of the recipients for the nonprofits of their choosing.

Doug Haupt, a public safety specialist with PPL Electric Utilities, won the Volunteer of the Year Award. A donation of $2,000 will be made to a nonprofit of his choice. Haupt has been leading the effort to inform first responders on electrical safety by conducting demonstrations with our Live Line Safety Exhibit over the entire service territory. He has also volunteered his time and talents over the years to the United Way Day of Caring.

Four employees won Peer-to-Peer Volunteer Awards, which recognize volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding and personal commitment to strengthening their communities and improving the lives of others. The winners were nominated by their peers. In addition to their awards, $500 will be donated on behalf of each winner to the nonprofit of their choice.

The Peer-to-Peer Volunteer Award winners are:

Billy Duch, PPL Electric Utilities journeyman lineman at the Bethlehem Service Center who serves as a borough councilman in North Catasauqua. Duch coordinated the construction of a massive playground set in North Catasauqua with the help of colleagues.

Jong Lim, engineer-Distribution Design Standards in PPL Electric Utilities, who improves the lives of youth in the East Penn School District as a mentor with the faith-based nonprofit Young Life. Lim commits about eight hours per week investing in the lives of high school students.

Anthony Pearson, senior systems analyst-IT and former Marine, who is devoted to creating a better life for veterans through his work as president of PPL Vets, one of PPL’s employee business resource groups. Pearson is also involved with Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Ice Cream Wars, the Lehigh Valley History Project and the Peer-to-Peer Support program, among others.

Jose Silverio, a support engineer, is a volunteer for Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit group that designs and builds projects to help communities meet basic needs such as clean water and reliable energy. Silverio recently joined a team of engineers to close out an 8-year project to connect solar panels and sanitation facilities at a school in Sierra Leone.

Two employees won Leadership Recognition Volunteer Awards through nominations by their supervisors. These awards recognize an employee’s outstanding service to the community. They are presented with a $1,000 donation for a nonprofit of their choice.

The Leadership Recognition Volunteer Award winners are:

Sue Acevedo, a PPL Electric Utilities project administrator, who volunteers with PPL’s African American and POWER Network business resource groups. She volunteers in the community by feeding the homeless and reading books to school children and gives her time to many organizations including YWCA, United Way, the Volunteer Challenge, Girl Scouts, Freedom High Booster Club, New Bethany Ministries and Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Allen Mausteller, PPL Electric Utilities journeyman electrician-Bloomsburg Service Center, “volunteers for any community service project that pops up at work,” according to his supervisor, Randy Hartranft, field supervisor-electrical. Mausteller also volunteers at high school and vo-tech career days and open houses, speaking to students and parents about opportunities in the electrical field, and is assistant fire chief of the Mifflinville Fire Company, often donating and installing smoke alarms in his community. He is also a youth soccer and little league softball coach.

Osborne congratulated the winners as they held their awards.

“My hope is that you leave here today filled with the knowledge that your volunteer work is greatly appreciated and that together we have the power to improve our communities,” she said.

From left: Jong Lim, Billy Duch, Jose Silverio, PPL Chairman Bill Spence, Sue Acevedo, Anthony Pearson and Doug Haupt. Not pictured: Allen Mausteller.