Seven PPL employees were honored Thursday (4/19) for their volunteerism during the company’s second annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.
A room full of employees – most of whom are volunteers themselves – applauded the winners as PPL Chairman Bill Spence handed them awards in the General Office North Auditorium.
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 at PPL. Along with the awards, PPL will make donations on behalf of the recipients for the nonprofits of their choosing.
“Today’s event is a celebration of you – our valued PPL volunteers,” said Corporate Relations Specialist Janice Osborne, the host of the event. “And what better time to celebrate than National Volunteer Month, a time when we honor the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in our communities.”
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, a 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 peers at PPL.
● 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 the company’s 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 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, 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.
Doug Haupt, a public safety specialist, won the Volunteer of the Year Award. He received multiple nominations from his peers. 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 the 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.
Osborne congratulated the winners as they proudly 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.