Nov 12, 2020

Teresa Peters is a champion for youth through For the Cause organization

Teresa Peters is making a huge impact in her hometown of Berwick, Pa., and beyond, by operating For the Cause, the area’s first free, public and youth-led teen center. The nonprofit provides unique programming aimed at developing and supporting teens in grades 7-12. In addition, it offers basic needs such as nutritious food, shelter and clothing.

Peters has made sure that the Teen Center is inclusive and works to address the needs of teens with learning and developmental disabilities and issues related to poverty and abuse.

For the Cause is committed to making Berwick a place where people are proud to live, work and play. They achieve this by creating opportunities that strengthen the community. Their activities and programs build a positive public image for the community, address gaps in social services, create opportunities for fun and celebration and support efforts to create new and diverse jobs locally.

“It was truly an honor to receive the PPL Bright Lights award and to be highlighted among so many people doing wonderful work in their communities. I was completely overwhelmed with joy and gratitude when PPL presented me with the award among board members, family and friends,” Peters said.

“The generous $10,000 award from the PPL Foundation will help ensure the sustainability of the Teen Center, its programs and the future successes of our community.”

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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.