The FirstEnergy Foundation is pleased to announce a recent partnership with the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust that will support the non-profit’s operations and education-centered trains.
“The Colebrookdale Railroad’s initiatives line with the First Energy Foundation’s focus on improving the vitality of communities within our service area, promoting local and regional economic development, advancing an educated workforce by supporting STEM initiatives, and supporting our employees’ community leadership and volunteer interests,” said Lorna Wisham, President of the First Energy Foundation.
“We are pleased to work with the FirstEnergy Foundation and thankful to have them within our community,” said Nathaniel C. Guest, Executive Director of the Colebrookdale Railroad. “One of the most critically important and unique attributes of the railroad project is that it enables all persons to make a meaningful difference to their community, whether through their labor, their donation, or their leadership. We are grateful to the First Energy Foundation for reinforcing a good example in all three of these means. Their support enables our volunteers to work the miracles that they do,” he said.
Representatives of FirstEnergy, its subsidiary Met-Ed, Chairman of the Berks County Commissioners Christian Leinbach, and representatives of Senator Bob Mensch (R – 24th District) and Representative David Maloney (R- 130th) joined together to present a check to the Trust in the Railroad’s parlor car Wednesday.
Senator Mensch’s office provided a Certificate of Recognition from the Senate in appreciation of FirstEnergy’s generosity. “The support of our elected officials, community leaders, citizen volunteers, and corporations like First Energy is making a real difference,” said Guest. “We are seeing the results within the region, with new jobs being created because of the railroad.”