Nov 17, 2020

Founder of Unidos goes above and beyond to serve the marginalized and underserved populations of the Lehigh Valley

Yamelisa Taveras is the founder of Unidos, an organization in the Lehigh Valley that works to improve the quality of life for underprivileged and marginalized residents by empowering unity and self-investment. The group recently raised funds to provide free laptops to Allentown School District students transitioning to remote learning due to COVID-19.

“It is an amazing honor to have been chosen as a Bright Lights award recipient in celebration of PPL’s 100 years of service. This shows the commitment that PPL has to the communities of the Lehigh Valley and beyond,” Taveras said.

The grant will be invested in the programs of The Unidos Foundation, specifically in center city Allentown. Some of the areas of most concern are the unsheltered, impoverished neighborhoods and the learning divide for the underserved students in the community.

In addition, the agency will be concentrating on an upcoming fire safety and prevention campaign which provides fire prevention education and fire safety items to multi-family rental units in Allentown, with the support of the American Red Cross, Allentown Police Department, Allentown Fire Department and United Way.

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In recognition of PPL’s 100th anniversary this year, the PPL Foundation awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to help illuminate the outstanding contributions of individuals working in the nonprofit sector. Ten Bright Lights grants of $10,000 were awarded in recognition of the honorees to the nonprofit agencies they support.