Florence, S.C. – In response to the pandemic and in partnership with United Ways across their service area, Duke Energy granted $100,000 to be distributed among the state to assist individuals with utility assistance in hopes of removing barriers, increasing ease of access, and promoting helpful relationships between Duke’s customer support and community members in need. From the $100,000 grant, United Way of Florence County received $8,960.30 to aid individuals located in Florence, Dillion, and Marion County.

To assist residents in these communities, United Way of Florence County distributed these funds to Lighthouse Ministries, Marion Long-Term Recovery Group, and The Salvation Army. All three of these organizations are non-profits serving our area to improve the quality of life of each and everyone in our community. In a time of great need, these agencies will be able to help numerous individuals and families keep their lights on beginning this year.

“We thank Duke Energy and accept these funds on behalf of the citizens in Marion County that need utility assistance,” stated Linda Phillips with Marion Long Term Recovery Group. “We will use these funds to help as many Marion County citizens as possible”.

If you or someone you know needs utility assistance, please reach out to one of the agencies above, or United Way of Florence County (UWFC) at 843-662-2407.

UWFC appreciates all Duke Energy is doing to combat this pandemic and improve lives in the Florence, Dillion, and Marion Communities. Without the generosity of donors like Duke Energy, UWFC would not be able to carry out their mission of positively impacting the needs of our community by strengthening relationships, programs, and services that produce measurable results and improve the quality of life.

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