Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke Energy teammates were as committed to their communities as ever in 2020 – providing over 70,000 volunteer hours, mainly through virtual events.
Through the company’s signature volunteerism initiative, Illuminating Kindness, employees participated in virtual volunteer events like creating storm kits (as shown in photo), writing cards for first responders and helping food banks stay stocked. In recognition for these acts of kindness, the company donated $50,000 toward customer assistance in honor of our employee volunteers.
Employees found ways to volunteer throughout the year in all seven states Duke Energy serves. In Nashville, Tami Sturges had an idea that would help young adults find affordable housing.
When her team noticed a house was in the path of a pipeline project, she wondered if it could be repurposed until it had to be demolished. With a few co-workers and help from nonprofit Monroe Harding, which provides foster care and housing assistance, they furnished the three-bedroom house and found tenants to fill it.
In Florida, Duke Energy employees found another unusual way to volunteer their time and talent. Eric Latimer, who manages the company’s Crystal River Mariculture Center, provided the Citrus County Family Resource Center with enough fresh fish fillets to feed 1,500 families.
He and other employees helped prepare and transport the fish, which were raised at the Mariculture Center. The Mariculture Center exists to serve an ever-increasing role in environmental stewardship, and Latimer and his team are always looking for ways to help the community – during the pandemic, he said, nothing is more important than feeding people.