(BALTIMORE, Md. – November 14, 2018) When we think about Potomac Edison Group, we think about reliability and great service for our energy needs. What we may not know, is just how far it extend its services to meet the needs of the community.
Potomac Edison is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of business, including the non-profit organizations it supports. In collaboration with the FirstEnergy Foundation, it provides financial support to qualifying educational, cultural, youth, civic, and health and human services organizations in Maryland. More than $250,000 in grants and donations have been provided from the electric utility company just this year.
“I can think of no other organization better suited to be recognized for the work they do in the communities in which they operate,” Washington County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Paul Frey said. “The FirstEnergy Foundation has been a leader in the support of our community and school training development programs.”
According to Frey, Potomac Edison was the initial and key sponsor of Apprenticeship Maryland, a youth apprenticeship program for students designed to lead to sustainable employment in STEM occupations. Through its foundation, it has donated $45,000 in scholarships so that small businesses can afford to offer apprenticeships as well.
“The foundation was the catalyst for Washington County to participate in the state’s Apprenticeship Maryland program,” Frey said. “Their support was the main reason that the program was successful in Washington County, which led to Governor Larry Hogan adopting the program in every county in the state.”
In addition to paving the way for Apprenticeship Maryland, Potomac Edison has supported the community through:
Harvest for Hunger
It has donated nearly 450 pounds of food, or 127,695 meals, during its Harvest for Hunger campaign.
Support for the arts
Through its FirstEnergy Foundation, it provides high-quality concerts, like the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, in remote and underserved counties, making the arts accessible to these areas.
Donations and volunteer work
Potomac Edison donated used laptops at no cost to benefit local nonprofits, as well as free education materials for teachers to use at school, provided clothing and food to underprivileged school children, and supported the United Way Day of Caring in 2018. The company encourages employees to volunteer and take on community leadership roles, while also matching employee contributions to qualifying nonprofit organizations.
Potomac Edison received the Maryland Chamber’s 2018 Business Philanthropy Award.