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Duke Energy has awarded the City of Sanford a $5,000 grant for its racial equity initiative.
The grant is part of Duke Energy’s commitment to social justice and racial equity in North Carolina. Earlier this year, the company announced an annual social justice and racial equity grant cycle for at least three years in North Carolina. Additionally, the company has provided more than $1 million to racial equity projects across its service areas.
The grant will be used by the City’s new Equity Taskforce Initiative, which was created to collaboratively examine and work to dismantle disparities in the lives of Sanford residents using an equity lens.
“The City of Sanford’s Equity Taskforce thanks Duke Energy Progress and our regional district manager Indira Everett for their continued support and contributions to our city,” says Council member Byron Buckels, who serves as the Taskforce liaison. “The grant will help improve the quality of life for underserved and challenged communities as we all work toward a brighter and better future.”
“Duke Energy is committed to creating equal opportunities for the communities we serve, and we’re proud to support the City of Sanford and its critical work to advance equity and justice,” said Indira Everett, district manager for Duke Energy. Duke Energy’s funding will help the Taskforce identify community needs and take actions to improve the health and well-being of Sanford residents.
For more information about the Equity Taskforce Initiative, visit our website at www.sanfordnc.net/boards.