PPL is committed to improving the quality of life of those who live in the communities it serves. That goes beyond just providing safe, reliable power. It means supporting programs and taking action to empower local residents and give them opportunities to thrive. This is not just part of a corporate philosophy. It’s something our employees take to heart. And that commitment is embodied by Corporate Relations Specialist Janice Osborne.
Under Osborne’s direction as coordinator of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s 2016 PPL employee campaign, PPL employees and retirees raised more than $1.4 million for the nonprofit organization. For her efforts, Osborne was awarded the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Campaign Volunteer Award at its annual Celebration of Caring event on April 6.
Osborne was chosen for the honor because of her outstanding leadership, creative work and commitment to the campaign, said Ed McKendry, senior director of marketing for the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
“Janice constantly looked for new ways to grow PPL’s campaign,” McKendry said. “She used some of United Way’s best practices and added her own creative ideas to ensure the PPL community was aware, informed and engaged in the campaign. Her yearlong commitment to running a successful campaign ultimately benefits the community.”
For Osborne, volunteering is just part of her nature. “I’ve been volunteering in some capacity since I was a teen,” she says. “I do it because it’s my way of getting connected to others and making their lives or organizations better. It’s an opportunity to provide support and encouragement to make someone’s day a little brighter.”
In addition to her role with the United Way, Osborne has been active in several other organizations that work to better the local community. She has served on the board of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, she’s a committee member for the Volunteer Challenge for the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, and she’s a long-time volunteer at the Cleveland Elementary School in Allentown, work that’s especially meaningful to her.
“My greatest joy comes from helping a child reach that ‘ah-ha’ moment and smiling when they master a spelling word, solve a math problem or read a story,” says Osborne, who has been volunteering at the school for more than 20 years. “I love volunteering with these students. Who knows? One day they might be sitting in my chair, doing my job, working to help others.”