Our employees are serving our communities each and every day, and are passionate about giving back. Looking to northeast Ohio, here are just a few examples of how we’re impacting the areas in which we live and work.


    • Lineworker Gabe Dieringer and Wooster supervisor Rick Kistler participated in Career Day at Triway High School, where they shared with students the many career opportunities available at AEP Ohio. (Dieringer is a Triway graduate.)
    • Lineworker Ernie McCormick spent time speaking to 30 kindergartners at Ashland Christian School about electrical safety. Topics included electrical outlets, downed wires, line arcing and personal insulating protective equipment. He also passed out electrical safety stickers.

New Philadelphia

  • Line Crew Supervisor Jeremy Yoder and lineworkers Doug Telle and Alec Love helped hang a barn quilt. A famous quilter in Medina, Ohio, passed away in 2010 and as a tribute, 40 quilts were hung on barns around the state. Unfortunately, the quilts eventually began falling apart, so the 4-H organization started replacing them with better materials. (New Philadelphia lineworkers helped with this effort in 2019.) A website for Ohio’s “Barn Quilt Trail” includes a map of where they are all located.
  • Telle and Customer Services Account Representative Chase Hostetler met with members of the Greater Dover New Philadelphia Food Pantry to present a $2,000 check from the AEP Foundation. The organization provides food and other essential items to hunger-relief programs in Tuscarawas County. The donation should help feed 700 local families.





2 responses to “Employees Giving Back in Northeast Ohio

  1. Hello, my name is Cindy Christian. I am the school counselor for South Point Middle School. We recently had AEP representative, Eric Rawlins speak to several groups of students during our Career Day at South Point Middle School in South Point, Ohio. I just wanted to say how much we appreciate that he was made available to do this for our students. Mr. Rawlins gave our students an up-close look at his career path as a Line Mechanic/ Line Servicer. He connected student learning to the real world. He shared insights about his career and gave details about the type of education and training necessary for career success. Mr. Rawlins’ engaging presentation gave the students an inside look at his career path and the day-to-day realities of his role as a skilled technician. Our students gained a vivid understanding of this type of profession. By sharing his personal experiences and the practical realities of his career, Mr. Rawlins helped to demystify the world of utility work for the students, empowering them to envision diverse paths to future professional fulfillment and making the most of the learning opportunities. We just wanted to thank AEP for helping our community in many areas, especially being involved in our Career Day. Thank you.

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