Our employees are an extension of our commitment to community action. Whether they hail from the U.K., Kentucky or Pennsylvania, PPL employees are known for their dedication to the community. Employees serve on the boards of hundreds of organizations throughout our service areas. They also take an active role — jumping in to help clean up children’s centers, to help students with science fair projects, to lead scout troops and to coach youth sports teams. PPL encourages employees to volunteer their time in their local communities. In 2016, employees volunteered more than 50,000 hours.
These efforts are recognized by the company through various initiatives. In the U.S., PPL and LG&E and KU have similar programs in Dollars for Doers, where employees can earn company contributions for organizations where they volunteer. In the U.K., WPD supports employees’ efforts through the Pound for Pound initiative.
At PPL, we believe that education is vital for vibrant communities. Our company and employees are proud to support a number of initiatives by donating time and funds. Our employee volunteers devote countless hours to tutoring, mentoring and coaching the future leaders in our communities.
In 2016, PPL launched a new initiative aimed at erasing the summer learning gap, which is one key factor in improving education for all students. The company partnered with the United Way and other community organizations to develop Cover to Cover, a summer reading program.
The PPL Foundation and PPL employees have donated more than 50,000 new and gently used books to more than 10,000 students in 21 schools throughout its Pennsylvania service area. The program also provides funding for libraries and other summer reading programs in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Cover to Cover is one of many examples of how PPL partners with community organizations to help improve education.
In Pennsylvania, PPL participates in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, which allows companies to invest in projects that improve education and enhance access to high-quality Pre-K programs. Organizations must be pre-qualified by the state to participate. Applications will be accepted June through July.
Education is one of the main priorities for the PPL Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations focused on early childhood education and STEM programs to enable as many children as possible to have access to high-quality education.
PPL’s Empowering Educators grant program provides grants to teachers working to spark an interest in STEM subjects. This year, PPL will award $25,000 in Empowering Educators grants. Since the program’s inception in 2003, PPL has awarded more than $180,000 for projects in 118 schools in communities served by PPL.
The company recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its longstanding Partners in Education program, which encourages employees to volunteer in community schools. Our employees work side-by-side with, and under the guidance of, teachers to make sure their time is used in the most effective ways.
At PPL’s corporate headquarters in Allentown, employee volunteers partner with teachers at four local elementary schools to provide tutoring, student mentoring and other classroom assistance. Every year, about 50 employees spend an hour every week during the school year working with a teacher and their class.
Through the PPL Speakers Bureau, our employees share their expertise with community groups about PPL, electric use and safety, and ways to save energy.
Whether you’re interested in learning more about how you can save energy or how PPL is using cutting edge technology to deliver power safely and reliably to your home or business, there is certain to be a presentation that interests you.
Are you interested in hosting a PPL speaker? Just complete our request form and a PPL representative will contact you to make arrangements.
We partner with many organizations to raise awareness about events and issues important to our community. One way we do this is by lighting the iconic PPL Tower Building in Downtown Allentown in honor of different causes.