FirstEnergy Foundation awards $3.4 million to community organizations

FirstEnergy Foundation awards $3.4 million to community organizations

The FirstEnergy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of FirstEnergy Corp, has announced grants totaling $3.4 million in support of nearly a hundred organizations across its service territory.

Awarded through the company's Investing with Purpose initiative, which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and events in 2020 that highlighted racial injustice, the grants include a total of $1.5 million to social justice organizations working to advance multicultural awareness, racial equity, and inclusion; $1.3 million to organizations working to provide COVID-19 relief, personal protective equipment, financial assistance, health screenings, and other services to low-income and underserved populations; $467,000 to schools, libraries, and community education programs in support of learning initiatives; and $365,000 to organizations working to provide job training, mentorship, and opportunities for non-traditional workers.

"In light of the formidable challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus health emergency and critical social justice work...the foundation wanted to focus contributions in areas that would drive meaningful change in the communities we serve," said Lorna Wisham, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation and vice president of corporate affairs and community involvement at FirstEnergy. "These awards benefit new and existing nonprofit partners on the frontline of our current health and economic crisis and whose missions also reflect FirstEnergy's core values."

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the FirstEnergy Foundation website.