Duquesne Light Volunteers Share Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream With Human Service Agencies

Jan 14, 2004, 00:00 ET from Duquesne Light

    PITTSBURGH, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Duquesne Light Company
 (NYSE:   DQE) employees will honor the life and contributions of Martin Luther
 King Jr. through their volunteer work in Allegheny and Beaver counties on
 Monday, Jan. 19.
     Established by Duquesne Light in 1996, the ninth annual "Living the Dream"
 program commemorates the legacy of Rev. King through community service
 projects.  "Each year, we select specific human service agencies based on
 input from our employee volunteers, and the needs expressed by the agencies
 themselves," said Pamela Coates, Community Relations manager.  "This year,
 approximately 30 Duquesne Light employees have volunteered to aid six agencies
 located in Allegheny and Beaver county communities near where they live or
      *  Beaver County Rehabilitation Center in New Brighton provides people
         with disabilities the opportunity for vocational growth and
         independence while respecting the dignity and uniqueness of each
         individual.  Volunteers will provide one-on-one supervision with
         clients as they work at mailing, assembly, quality control and other
      *  St. Barnabas Nursing Home in Gibsonia offers comprehensive,
         compassionate care for people of all ages.  Duquesne Light volunteers
         will escort and interact with senior residents.
      *  Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER) in
         Swissvale provides quality treatment and support to women who are
         changing their lives through recovery from addiction to alcohol and
         other drugs.  Volunteers will assist with painting and other
         maintenance duties.
      *  Lemington Center in East Liberty provides healthcare and nursing
         services to residents.  Volunteers will escort and interact with
         senior citizens.
      *  Westinghouse Valley Human Services Center in Turtle Creek is a
         one-stop shop designed to address the social needs of the Mon Valley.
         Volunteers will assist with painting and light cleaning.
      *  Lifesteps in Beaver helps children, mentally and physically challenged
         adults and families in crisis.  Volunteers will interact with young
         clients and assist with maintenance duties.
     "Living the Dream provides a hands-on opportunity for Duquesne Light
 employee volunteers to recognize and honor the unselfish contributions of
 Dr. King," said Coates.  "We are more than happy to act in his spirit on
 behalf of those in need within our communities."
     Photo/Interview Opportunities
      Organization            Address           Contact Person      Phone
      1. Beaver County    1517 Sixth Ave.      Frank Shialabba  724-847-1306
         Rehabilitation   New Brighton, PA
         Center           15066
      2. St. Barnabas     5827 Meridian Rd.    Pamela Dixon     724-444-5556
         Nursing Home     Gibsonia, PA
      3. P.O.W.E.R.       7445 Church St.      Karen Clark      412-271-0500
                          Swissvale, PA                         Ext. 125
      4. Lemington        1625 Lincoln Ave.    Raymont Conner   412-441-3700
         Center           East Liberty, PA
      5. Westinghouse     519 Penn Ave.        Randy Thomas     412-829-7112
         Valley Human     Turtle Creek, PA
         Services         15145
      6. Lifesteps        (Formerly Easter     Melissa Berg     724-774-6494
                          Seal Centers, Inc.)
                          138 Friendship Circle
                          Beaver, PA
     About Duquesne Light Company
     Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution of
 electric energy, offering technological innovation and superior customer
 service and reliability to more than half a million direct customers
 throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

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