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Employees at Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station raised $15,000 to support several community projects and agencies in Lincoln County.

“Here at McGuire Nuclear Station we have a United Way Committee that raises money throughout the year via various fundraisers. Through their support and unselfish giving we are able to raise funds that we distribute back into our local communities.” said Daniel Hipps, Tech Support Supervisor and United Way Chairman. “We select various United Way certified agencies and review the needs of these groups. There are a lot of needs in the world today, and especially in our own communities. We make every attempt to spread these donations around to various groups within the surrounding communities and base our giving on the most pressing needs at the time.”

McGuire also allows employees to seek out Volunteer opportunities within the community. “The 800+ employees here at McGuire realize how blessed and fortunate we are and embrace all opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in our surrounding communities,” added Hipps. “On paper it always seems that we are blessing others with our efforts, but I assure you it is indeed our employees who are receiving the greatest blessings. We are proud and humbled to be a part of the many things that United Ways does for those in need. McGuire Nuclear Station and Duke Energy has a proud history of being partners within our communities and we look forward to continuing to nurture those relationships by being a part in improving the lives of those we serve.”

The $15,000 donation is being split between the following agencies and programs:
  • A Lincoln County student will receive funding to attend the National Academy of Future Scientist and Technologists in Boston, MA this summer. This student’s mom is a single parent who works three jobs and would otherwise not be able to afford to send this deserving child.
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County will receive funding to provide care for patients that do not have a payer source. There are currently three patients under care with no payer source.
  • Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse will receive funding for a new refrigerator at the Child Advocacy Center, and gas cards to be given to clients who struggle with the transportation cost of taking children to therapy sessions. In addition, funds will be used to provide food and supplies for the new Lincoln County Therapeutic Cooking & Mental Health Services program that brings families and troubled youth together for a support group. This program is in collaboration with Aspire Youth & Family.
  • Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence will receive funding to assist with staffing and shelter expenses including overtime pay due to bad weather this winter.
  • Sally’s YMCA will receive funding to support their Y Readers Program. This nationally recognized literacy program serves rising first through third grade students who are reading below grade level. Last year the program graduated 36 students who increased their reading level.
  • The Department of Social Services will receive racking for their food closet. The new racks will allow them to expand and receive additional donations to support families in need.
“Duke Energy has been our largest corporate sponsor for many years,” said United Way executive director Kathy Vinzant. “This generous donation is over and above their United Way campaign donation of more than $82,000. Their organization’s philanthropic spirit is improving the lives of people in Lincoln County in tangible ways.”

In the photo from left to right:  Sherry Gillespie (Hospice & Palliative Care), Trudy Schrodt (YMCA of Greater Charlotte), Julie West (Hospice and Palliative Care), Sue Gauthier (Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse), Bart Landess (YMCA of Greater Charlotte), Robert Dalton (Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence), Danny Hipps (McGuire Nuclear Station)