When engineer Jong Lim joined PPL Electric Utilities two years ago, he not only brought his technical skills with him, but he also brought his passion for volunteering. In fact, he volunteers for the same agency that helped him when he was in high school, Young Life.

Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged kids in all 50 states in the U.S.  as well as more than 90 countries around the world.

“I was a part of Young Life in high school and it left an immense impact in my life. When I was attending college in Philadelphia, I wanted to invest my time back into the Young Life organization to impact teens like it did for me. I decided to continue volunteering for Young Life when I started with PPL and moved to the Lehigh Valley,” said Lim.

Young Life affords Lim the opportunity to develop lifelong relationships with middle school and high school students.

“It certainly is a big commitment when it comes to time and energy, but seeing the impact Young Life leaves on the kids is what makes it so special,” said Lim.

His most memorable times at Young Life are the week-long summer camping trips. Students get to experience time away from the pressures of everyday life, have fun with friends and their Young Life leaders, are exposed to a variety of speakers and are encouraged to open up to life-changing conversations.

“I’ve seen a lot of lives being changed at Young Life camps,” says Lim, who also volunteers with the PPL Exploring Post and is a member of the Christian Business Resource Group, one of several business resource groups that bring employees together.

For those thinking about volunteering, Lim has this advice:  “If you believe your time and efforts could be used to make an impact for a cause you believe in, I would say jump right in.  We need more volunteers to help change the Lehigh Valley and the world. Each one of us can play a key role in impacting lives and be impacted ourselves in the process.”

Volunteering makes Lim grateful for the opportunity to serve people and the community.

“I love the fact that I get to see with my own eyes how my volunteer work helps change lives,” he says.