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Delco Group Awarded Duke Grant

A non-profit serving eastern Columbus was one of the recipients of a Duke Energy grant announced today.

Men and Women United For Youth and Families received a $25,000 grant to “reduce disparate outcomes,” Duke said in a press release. Statewide, 40 organizations received the grants. MWUYF provides job placement, life skills, a food bank, and operates a garden where youth can learn to from healthy foods, which is then sold or handed out in the community.

“This funding will support the capacity and outreach of Men and Women United for Youth & Families’ grassroots work and policy advocacy as a community-based Resiliency Hub and Food Hub throughout local Southeastern NC, regionally, and statewide,” said Randolph Keaton, executive director for MWUYF. “Our evidence-based programming ensures policies are in place that provide fairness and equity to marginalized members of our community through workforce development, youth enrichment, technical support, life skills training, food insecurity, and other vital resources.

“We will continue our mission to ‘Foster a culture of community and self-sufficiency’ by identifying issues of social justice, racial equity, and economic disparities present in minority and BIPOC communities, and implement strategies to bring repair and wholeness to their lives.”

Duke awarded $1 million in grants through the Duke Energy Foundation for North Carolina nonprofits working to advance social justice and racial equity, the company said in a press release.

Since 2020, the Duke Energy Foundation has committed more than $8.6 million to social justice and racial equity organizations, with $7.5 million dedicated to support nonprofits across North Carolina.

“Not only does Duke Energy provide an essential service, we live and work in the communities we serve,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We’re committed to playing a significant role in lifting up those communities, leveraging our Foundation to help nonprofits across the state advance equity and justice solutions that help our customers.”

This year’s grant recipients are organizations focused on increasing civic engagement; reducing disparate outcomes; supporting policy, training and criminal justice reform; environmental justice and providing legal assistance, including pathways to citizenship across the state.

“North Carolina Community and Justice (NCCJ) is thrilled and humbled to receive this social justice and racial equity grant for the third year in a row,” says Ivan Canada, executive director, North Carolina Community and Justice. “These grants have been nothing short of transformative for NCCJ’s work of building more compassionate and respectful communities. In addition to providing much-needed funding to grow our capacity and expand our reach, these grants from the Duke Energy Foundation have inspired NCCJ to dream bigger and find new ways to connect with and serve people across North Carolina.”

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.


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