By Carissa Woytach, United Way of Greater Cleveland Staff Writer
Terry Killeen, manager of external affairs at FirstEnergy, gave the company’s letter of support to United Way of Greater Cleveland’s new CEO August Napoli, confirming their gift of $290,000 to our 2015 campaign. This gift will continue to support the advancement of United Way’s community impact strategies in education, income and health.
“We stand behind our philosophy that ‘the greater good is better business,'” Killeen said. “And we do so by reaching out to help our neighbors and friends, and by supporting the communities where we live and work. Because we know that the success of our company is directly linked to the investments and commitments we make to our communities.”
“The gift is symbolic as well as monetary,” Alan Bedingfield, relationship manager in Resource Development, said. “It’s a fantastic company that understands the importance and power of collaboration and partnership with United Way to make our neighborhoods and communities attractive places to live, work and do business.”
John Skory, Illuminating Company president, and Dee Lowery, president of FirstEnergy Foundation, were integral in deciding the company’s gift amount, Bedingfield said.
“They both are very strong advocates for our community and the work United Way is doing to change lives,” he said.
FirstEnergy and the Illuminating Company have long supported United Way of Greater Cleveland as well as Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross with donations and volunteers.