Duke Energy has a long history of supporting its communities. In 2019, the Duke Energy Foundation contributed $31.1 million in its territories – from nonprofits to major issues that impact our areas.
In 2019, the company made $750,000 in grants to tackle a major problem facing the nation: opioid addiction.
In North Carolina, the company awarded $100,000 to the More Powerful NC campaign and $400,000 to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC).
The More Powerful NC campaign was created by the North Carolina Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, as well as other partners, to raise awareness about the opioid crisis. The campaign outlines real, actionable steps for the safe storage, use and disposal of pain medications, as well as resources for finding treatment and recovery support.
NCHRC is a comprehensive harm reduction program. The organization engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services for people impacted by drug use. NCHRC also provides resources and support to the law enforcement, public health and provider communities.
In Indiana, Duke Energy announced $250,000 in grants to tackle unique aspects of the issue. Five people a day die in the state from drug overdoses – many opioid related.
Ivy Tech Community College will receive $175,000 to educate and prepare specialists in addiction and mental health to combat the crisis. Meanwhile, Hamilton Center, Inc., a regional behavioral health system in Indiana, will receive $75,000 for a pilot program to help those with an opioid use disorder who are unemployed or want to remain in the workforce while seeking treatment for their substance use disorder.
Separately, Duke Energy also is helping communities prepare for hurricanes in the wake of several major storms that have hit the Carolinas and Florida in recent years.
In Florida, a $500,000 grant to local organizations helped assemble and distribute storm preparedness kits to vulnerable customers, who may not have the means to access the materials in other ways.
In North Carolina, the company announced more than $1.1 million in funding to help local communities increase their response capabilities for future weather events with advance preparation and planning.