About a dozen of our employees helped prepare Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation for summer camping as part of the Schuylkill United Way’s annual Capt. Jason B. Jones Memorial Day of Caring.

The PPL team trimmed trees, replaced old area lights with new LED fixtures, and installed a new service, fence posts, and stop signs. This will help get the camp in Schuylkill Haven ready for the upcoming season and be more sustainable in the future. Field Supervisor Andy Rhody, based in Orwigsburg, led the team composed of electrical, line, and management personnel.

More than 12,000 children and young adults use the park each year.

“It`s great that PPL gives us the opportunity to come out here for a day, work together as a team, have some fun and be a part of helping get the camp ready for the Scouts,” Rhody said. “We accomplished a lot. It was a good day.”

The Schuylkill United Way’s Day of Caring matches volunteers to service projects at partner agencies that provide health and human services to Schuylkill County residents. Many service projects involve cleanup or beautification work that needs to be completed before summer arrives.

More than 800 volunteers participated in this year’s event, and the United Way estimates that each hour of volunteering saves a local organization at least $3,081. The agencies can then use that money to serve the community.

The Schuylkill event is named in honor of Capt. Jason B. Jones, a local high school graduate and Green Beret who was killed in combat in Afghanistan. According to news reports, Jones’ father, Jay, was also among the volunteers at Hawk Mountain.

PPL employees also participate in United Way Days of Caring in other regions at various times of the year.