Duke Energy finally completes project for United Way’s Day of Caring

November 22, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – When Hurricane Florence came through the Pee Dee just a week before the United Way of Florence County planned to hold its 26th annual Day of Caring, the organization was worried that it might have to postpone the volunteer event.

The Day of Caring event went on as planned, but several organizations, such as Duke Energy, were forced to postpone to their projects because of the hurricane.

Now, after almost eight weeks of helping other communities, Duke Energy finally was able to complete its 2018 Day of Caring project on Nov. 15 by painting at Lighthouse Ministries.

“Caring for our community is something we take seriously … whether we are restoring power after a storm or supporting our local nonprofits,” said Duke Energy community relations liaison Andrea Kiester Couch. “Our team is excited to support Lighthouse Ministries with our painting project. Their building is a true hub for our community, and it’s an honor to help keep it looking nice for everyone here.”

United Way of Florence County’s Day of Caring event brings together volunteers from local companies to complete service projects for nonprofits in the Florence County area. The service projects that are submitted by the nonprofits for completion often are projects that they are not physically capable of doing and/or would take money away from helping those in need.

“For Duke Energy to still come out and complete their project really shows the commitment they have to this community,” Lighthouse Ministries executive director Cecilia Meggs said. “Most nonprofits have limited budgets for painting and updating their places of employment, because they use those funds to help others, so we are really grateful to have Duke Energy employees come out to paint and help make our office look nice!”

More than 300 volunteers helped complete 76 service projects for local nonprofits in Florence County at the 2018 Day of Caring event.

The 27th annual Day of Caring will take place on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. For those interested in volunteering in their community in the meantime, contact the United Way of Florence County by calling 843-662-2407 or by emailing flupo@uwflorence.org.

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