Sunday, July 14, 2024

5 Cape Fear nonprofits awarded Duke Energy grants

Good Shepherd was one of 39 statewide recipients of grant funding from Duke Energy Foundation. (Port City Daily/Amy Passaretti Willis)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Duke Energy has doled out more than $1 million in grants to nonprofits in the state that support low-income communities. Five in the Cape Fear region were named recipients.

As North Carolina communities feel the financial strain from rising costs of basic needs, Duke Energy Foundation is offering money to strengthen nonprofit capacity and increase the impact of local agencies supporting families facing homelessness and hunger.

Locally, Good Shepherd Ministries, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Step Up Wilmington, Brunswick County Partnership for Housing and Safe Haven of Pender County were awarded grants.

Good Shepherd, the largest provider of homeless services in the region helping thousands of residents annually, received $30,000.

“A recent increase in demand for services, almost 30% for food services alone, has translated into many new faces seeking safety, shelter, and support at Good Shepherd’s main campus,” executive director Katrina Knight said in a press release.

Funds from Duke Energy Foundation will be used to modernize Good Shepherd’s security by implementing system advancements and technology upgrades.

“An improved and expanded security system will substantially increase our ability to continue to keep our campus the welcoming, secure safety net for so many of our neighbors in need, while reserving budgeted funds for the critical daily delivery of emergency food, shelter, and rehousing services,” Knight said in the release.

In total, 39 statewide nonprofits were awarded funds.

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