Duke Energy Florida awards $ 250,000 to organizations that support students, educators, and families during fundraising season

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida., December 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Duke Energy has awarded $ 250,000 in grants in support of a wide range of educational and community aid initiatives across the world Florida.

This year’s scholarship holders range from local educational foundations to community aid programs that address economic problems and quality of life for students and families, as well as diversity and access to education and training opportunities.

“These programs are more important than ever as many students and educators continue to face academic challenges and families across the state struggle to make ends meet,” said Melissa Seixas, President of Florida State for Duke Energy. “Duke Energy Florida is proud to support the organizations that work tirelessly to break down barriers and enable all children, individuals and families to develop and reach their full potential.”

Find, Feed & Restore, a program in Clermont who supports families with children and individuals with free and affordable housing, received a grant to support its new Restore Lake extension property. The funds will help convert the interior of the building into six rooms for families to support themselves and continue Find, Feed & Restore’s mission to tackle homelessness in the South Lake area.

“It is through the generosity of Duke Energy that we are able to reduce the number of families with children and individuals who are left unprotected in our community,” said Brian K. Broadway, Find, Feed & Restore founder. “This year’s grant enabled us to mobilize two additional housing units for homeless families with children and brought us closer to completing our newest property, which will provide housing, financial literacy and vocational training to over 120 homeless people each year.”

Duke Energy Florida has also supported the foundation for Seminole State College Workforce Recruitment Program, a unique program that allows students to receive their GED concurrently with their HVAC or Electrician certification for immediate employment in the workforce.

“Thanks to the support of our partnership with Duke Energy Florida, Seminole State College Students achieve their career goals faster and help meet employment needs in high-demand occupations, “said Dr. John Gyllin, Vice President for Resource and Economic Development and Executive Director of the Foundation for Seminole State College. “Through this scholarship, we continue to offer students the opportunity to receive their GEDs and industry credentials at the same time, which will give them a step forward while supporting industries like HVAC, electrical and plumbing.”

Duke Energy Florida is proud to provide grants to 20 organizations that make effective contributions to the communities it serves.

Here is a full list of local fellows in 2021 Florida:

Tampa Bay Area

Citrus County Education Foundation – $ 5,000. Hernando County Education Foundation – $ 5,000. The funds will support the continued work of the foundations during the pandemic including, but not limited to, the provision of internet and / or computers in households where there were none, the provision of virtual learning tools, the provision of meals during the week for those in need Families and providing schools with hand sanitizer, masks, and more.

Greater Orlando Area

A gift for teaching – $ 50,000. A Gift For Teaching will reach more students and teachers through its Pencil Boy Express mobile store so teachers can purchase supplies for the classroom.

AdventHealth Foundation in Sebring$ 15,000. Funds will go to AdventHealth’s new wellness center in. support Sebring. The facility is designed to provide the whole person, body, mind and soul with interactive simulation training, specialty courses, cooking demonstrations, lifestyle lectures, relaxation areas, health care, wellness events, edible gardens, hiking trails and a conference room.

North Central Florida Boys and Girls Club – $ 5,000. The funds will continue to support the Boys & Girls Club’s Work Alliance for Youth (WAY) program, which aims to fill the opportunity gap by preparing youngsters for a competitive work environment. WAY offers insights into career paths, practical training and courses in a variety of subjects, as well as internships and / or job placement.

Boys and Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler County$ 5,000. The Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler County Program will reduce the number of families on its current waiting list in order to continue to provide children with a safe environment to study and become positive members of the community.

Search, feed and restore – $ 5,000. The Clermont Housing Program will continue to support families with children and individuals with free and affordable housing to help combat homelessness in the South Lake area through the recent property purchases in Groveland, which will offer living space from February 2022.

Care Center Lake Wales – $ 5,000. Every year Duke Energy works with the Lake Wales Care Center to buy 50 food baskets to help families in need. The funds will continue to support this program and its families during the holidays.

Seminole State College Foundation, endowment – $ 15,000. Funds are supported Seminole State College Foundation staff recruitment program. The program allows Seminole State College Students to instantly find employment in the workforce by earning a GED while also earning an HVAC or electrician certification.

The foundation for Orange County Public schools – $ 40,000. The foundation for Orange County The public school program focuses on areas such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), energy education, engineering, computer science or cybersecurity learning opportunities, art and middle school book clubs and non-fiction libraries. The funds will also provide teachers with additional resources to engage students and directly influence learning success.

United Arts of Central Florida$ 50,000. The United Arts of Central Florida Program will provide additional training opportunities to address identified deficiencies and develop grants and / or contracts for service programs to provide funding opportunities to these organizations in a manner that is most beneficial to them. United Arts is also using Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) to provide training opportunities to organizations led by People of Color and Artists of Color to develop a curriculum-based arts education program so that they can offer arts education programs under the OCPS Arts Education Contract .

Greater Tallahassee; Gainesville Area

Conservation Corps of the Forgotten and Emerald Coast (Franklin’s Promise Coalition) – $ 5,000. The funds will support the OysterCorps program of the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten and the Emerald Coast. The program supports crew member certification, training, and fieldwork experience to build coastal resilience, restore oyster habitat, and diversify local and regional economies through aquaculture.

Jefferson County Education Foundation – $ 5,000. The funds will complement the Foundation’s “3 E’s” (Energy, Engineering and Environment) teacher mini-scholarship program.

Lafayette Penny Foundation – $ 5,000. The Lafayette Penny Foundation will purchase additional materials and supplies for the Lafayette Elementary fourth and fifth grade science laboratories, both of which were originally developed with funding from the Duke Energy Foundation.

Levy County School Foundation – $ 5,000. Foundation for Public Education by Marion County$ 5,000. Sumter Education Enhancement Foundation – $ 5,000. The educational foundation of Alachua County$ 5,000. The funds will support the continued work of the foundations during the pandemic including, but not limited to, the provision of internet and / or computers in households where there were none, the provision of virtual learning tools, the provision of meals during the week for those in need Families and providing schools with hand sanitizer, masks, and more.

Madison County Foundation for Excellence in Education – $ 5,000. The funds will complement the foundation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher mini-scholarship program.

Ocala Underground Chamber & Business partnership – $ 10,000. The funds will assist the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership in developing the Ocala Metro Workforce Participation Survey to identify those out of the labor market, identify barriers to entry into the labor market, and launch plans to remove barriers. (Ocala Underground Chamber & Business Partnership received an additional $ 10,000 Grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support this initiative.)

Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has a diverse generation mix of natural gas, coal and renewable energies and supplies approximately 1.9 million customers in a 13,000 square mile supply area with approximately 10,200 megawatts of own electrical power.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the USA. Its electricity suppliers serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and together have 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.

Duke Energy has an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities, with a goal of at least 50% carbon reductions by 2030 and net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is a leading US renewable energy company on track to own or buy 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company is also investing in major grid upgrades and expanded battery storage, and researching zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear power.

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