Assisting those less fortunate is part of our corporate culture.
The first day of winter is a fitting time to feel grateful for the homes that keep us warm, safe and secure. It’s also an opportunity to remember those who are not as fortunate.
Dec. 21 is National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day, an occasion to think of those who have died as a result of being homeless and to raise awareness of those who live in poverty. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development identified 564,708 people as homeless on a given night in the United States in 2015.
PPL Corporation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people in the communities we serve. Today, and year-round, we strive to help those living in challenging circumstances.
Here are a few ways PPL and PPL employees are helping the Lehigh Valley’s homeless community.
- During the month of December, PPL’s Christian business resource group organized a sock drive for homeless men, women and children. The socks will be delivered to shelters in the Lehigh Valley this winter.
- On Dec. 21, Janice Osborne, corporate relations specialist-Corporate Communications, delivered food to the Allentown Rescue Mission, which provides meals to homeless men.
- On Dec. 24, Anthony Pearson, president of PPLVETS, a business resource group dedicated to veterans’ causes, will hand out 50 first-aid kits to homeless veterans at the Valor Clinic Foundation. Each kit is adorned with a heartfelt message written by Pearson, who is a PPL IT business systems analyst. “It’s a message of hope and encouragement to remind them that people care about them and wish them well,” Pearson said.
- In November, PPL Corporation donated $4,000 to the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to help fund a warming shelter in Allentown, an area where homeless men and women can escape the cold and have access to beds and bathrooms during the winter months.