United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s 26th annual Day of Caring brought together more than 85 energetic PPL volunteers to complete community service projects at 10 venues in the Lehigh Valley on June 21

Activities ranged from preparing lunch at a soup kitchen, to serving as sighted guides and companions for people with vision loss, to assisting adults with arts and crafts at a day care program. While the deeds were varied, the goal was the same: to come together to build a stronger community.

At Camelot for Children in Allentown, 15 members of our Finance Department added a fresh coat of paint to lattice work and decking, and sanded and painted Abby’s Attic, an outdoor playhouse.

“We are so appreciative of PPL’s help with these big projects. Camelot is a safer and more beautiful place thanks to all of your hard work,” said Emily Knudson, executive director of Camelot. “I can just see the smiles on the children’s faces when they arrive next week and see how nice everything looks.”

Volunteers valued the opportunity to give back to the community.

“I love that PPL allows us to volunteer. It’s awesome,” said Engineer Emily Haelsig, who, along with Engineer Courtney Bell, was inventorying footwear at the YWCA Perfect Fit for Women in Allentown. (Bell and Haelsig are pictured at right.) Over 650 women visit the Perfect Fit each year to find the clothing they need to enter the workforce. Volunteers organized sweaters, scrubs, scarves, purses, footwear and accessories, among other duties.

PPL employees also volunteered at:

  • The Salvation Army
  • Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation
  • Center for Vision Loss
  • Greater Valley YMCA
  • New Bethany Ministries Soup Kitchen
  • New Bethany Ministries Shelter
  • YWCA Perfect Fit Boutique
  • YWCA of Bethlehem, Adult Day Services Center