Contact: Madelyn Russell
July 16, 2020
United Way of Citrus County receives $9,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to
support workforce development efforts
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – United Way of Citrus County received a $9,000 grant from
the Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities in Citrus County through their
workforce development program. With this grant, United Way will assist adults who are
enrolled in training programs for energy industry careers.
“Our United Way is so grateful and appreciative for all the continuous support we receive from
Duke Energy. They are huge asset to our community and our neighbors in need. We are very
excited about this new grant opportunity to enhance workforce development in Citrus County,”
said Meghan Pitzer, CEO of United Way of Citrus County.
The Duke Energy Foundation’s Powerful Communities program makes strategic investments to
build powerful communities where natural resources thrive, students can excel and a
talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. The Foundation annually funds more
than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.
“Duke Energy is committed to our partnership with the United Way of Citrus County and the
work it does to fulfill critical community needs,” said Catherine Stempien, president of Duke
Energy Florida. “We are proud to provide this grant to support the Powering the Workforce
program. Such programs are critical to nurturing the next generation of workers and providing
for the long-term vitality of our communities.”
United Way of Citrus County has been in existence since 1987 and has made a tremendous impact on
those most vulnerable in the community. Their mission is “Rapidly improving lives, while creating lasting
change,” which they do through their four direct-service programs: The Prosperity Center, ReadingPals,
Mission United, and Rapid Rehousing. Each program provides vital services to those in need in the community.