Melissa Agnew and her family were on the brink, but help found its way to them
She didn’t want to ask for help. All her life, Melissa Agnew promised herself if she ever had kids, she would give them a better childhood than the one she had, that they wouldn’t know poverty like she did, that they wouldn’t have to wonder, like she did, whether their father had spent the rent money on addiction.
Agnew believed she had left all that back in her hometown of New Haven, Conn., when she packed up with her two-year-old daughter in 1991 and moved to Charlotte, land of warmer weather and hope. A friend who’d relocated to the area suggested the city to her.
Duke Energy heating assistance programs help people in 7 states
Tonya Dirkse was, in her own words, at her breaking point.
Recently divorced with no job, she was having trouble making ends meet and was hesitant to ask for help. Then her sister mentioned that she might qualify for social services assistance, saying that it would be “a hand-up not a hand-out.”
Community and service are integrated into everything our company does. Through the Duke Energy Foundation, we provide philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where our customers live and work. The Foundation annually provides more than $30 million in charitable grants, with a focus on three areas: K to career, the environment and community impact. Our employees and retirees volunteer tens of thousands of hours to projects and through leadership roles with nonprofit organizations that strengthen our communities.
CITGO and Miss America State Winners to Promote Volunteering, Health and Education
Houston, Nov. 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – CITGO Petroleum Corporation has partnered with sixteen states that are a part of the Miss America Organization to promote awareness surrounding the key issues of education and social investment, energy assistance, environmental protection and conservation, and health.
$226,000 will go to Project Share in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and $100,000 will go to 19 non-profit organizations in Washington
December 26, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Households that are having trouble paying their heating bills this winter will receive help as the result of $326,000 in donations Avista is making to Project Share in the utility’s service area of eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon and to 19 human care service organizations in eastern Washington.