Ohio Edison Presents “Gifts of the Season” to Local Charities

Akron, Ohio, December 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), presented a surprise $5,000 “Gifts of the Season” to two local non-profit organizations that strive to improve the lives of the communities they serve. The gifts were presented on behalf of the FirstEnergy Foundation as part of its annual “Gifts of the Season” holiday campaign.

This year’s gift recipients are Miriam House in norwalk, Huron Countyand the North Center in Lorain, County of Lorain – two organizations that provide support services to underserved and vulnerable people of all ages within their communities.

“We are proud to support these organizations so that they can continue to provide services to help those facing unexpected challenges during these uncertain times,” said Lorna Wisham, President of the FirstEnergy Foundation. “Winners were chosen secretly 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 people.”

Miriam House provides transitional housing for homeless women and their children, with the aim of helping them to rebuild their lives and develop the skills needed to regain autonomy in order to obtain stable and independent housing. Last year, 10 female-headed households were temporarily housed at Miriam House, and half of them were moved to permanent accommodation within a year.

“The generous funds provided by the FirstEnergy Foundation will allow us to continue to help women and their children overcome homelessness,” said Rodney Schustergeneral manager of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo who oversees the ministry of Miriam House. “These funds are coming in a time of need because many single mothers are in a situation they never thought they would be in during this pandemic, and they are coming to us asking for help.”

The North Center offers comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults in the greater County of Lorain region, as well as crisis and sexual assault emergency services 24/7/365.

“We are grateful to have received this donation from the FirstEnergy Foundation, as funding for mental health and addictions services is increasingly critical during these difficult economic times, as the number of people who need help continues to rise,” said Don SchiffbauerNorth Center General Manager.

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.

Ohio Edison serves more than one million customers across 34 Ohio counties. Follow Ohio Edison on Twitter @OhioEdisonon Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioEdison and online at www.ohioedison.com.

The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy Corp. and provides support to not-for-profit, 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.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to 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 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

SOURCE First Energy Corp.

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