FirstEnergy Foundation Presents “Gifts of the Season” to Local Charities in Ohio Edison Service Area

The giveaways are part of the FirstEnergy Foundation’s annual holiday campaign

Akron, Ohio, December 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The FirstEnergy Foundation has granted a surprise $5,000 “Gifts of the Season” to two local nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the lives of communities in the Ohio Edison service area.

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This year’s gift recipients are MARCA Industries Inc. in marion, Marion County, and Ability Works Inc. in Sandusky, Erie County – two organizations that offer support services to people with disabilities and promote inclusion within their communities.

“We are proud to support these organizations as their missions align with our commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, included and respected,” said Lorna Wisham, President of the FirstEnergy Foundation. “The winners were chosen by FirstEnergy External Affairs employees who identified organizations in their area that are doing extraordinary work to strengthen the community and improve the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations.”

Founded in 1967, MARCA Industries Inc. provides people with disabilities with a variety of accommodation services, job training and career opportunities to help those interested in permanent and successful employment within their communities.

“Generous funds provided by the FirstEnergy Foundation will support programs that help the people we serve gain a greater sense of independence and self-esteem they deserve,” said Michelle Albertin, CEO of MARCA Industries Inc. “Our programs give the people we serve a chance to learn new skills and make connections, as well as giving the community a chance to get to know them in return.”

Similarly, Ability Works Inc. provides people with developmental disabilities in North Central Ohio with employment services, day services, transportation and other community services tailored to their specific needs.

“For more than 45 years, our goal has been to find ways for people with disabilities to participate and thrive in daily activities and enjoy all aspects of the community,” said Laura LaGodney, CEO of Ability Works Inc. “We are grateful to have received this gift from the FirstEnergy Foundation, as the coronavirus pandemic has created unique challenges for people with developmental disabilities, and it will allow us to continue to safely deliver programs and resources that positively impact their lives.”

Photos of FirstEnergy’s annual “Gifts of the Season” voucher presentations are shared on social media using the hashtag #GiftsofFE. Since its creation in 2016, the campaign has rewarded almost $500,000 to organizations working to strengthen communities.

The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and provides support to nonprofit, tax-exempt health and social service organizations; educational organizations; cultural and artistic programs and institutions; and civic groups in areas served by FirstEnergy’s 10 electricity operating companies and in areas where the company does business.

Ohio Edison serves more than one million customers across 34 Ohio counties. Follow Ohio Edison on Twitter @OhioEdison, on Facebook at and online at

FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electricity distribution companies form one of the largest investor-owned electricity networks in the country, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The Company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at and on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

Editor’s note: Photos of the gifts of the season presented to these organizations by FirstEnergy representatives can be downloaded from Flickr.



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