City Receives $10k Grant From Duke Energy For Youth And Senior Programs

SUMTER, SC (February 16, 2024) – In recognition of Black History Month, the Duke Energy Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to the City of Sumter this week in support of youth mentoring and senior fitness programs at the South Sumter Gym. 

Currently, the gym, located in the middle of the residential areas of South Sumter offers programs serving low to moderate-income African American residents. 

The afterschool program focuses on empowering students in the community by focusing on academic support and structured physical activities. The program also provides a safe and nurturing environment for children after school while parents work and need childcare assistance.

Additionally, the city offers a wide range of fitness classes and activities tailored to the unique needs of our senior residents. These classes specifically help seniors improve their physical health, reduce the risk of injuries from falls, combat loneliness, and alleviate symptoms of depression.

“Thanks to our partnership with Duke Energy we will be able to expand these programs,” stated David Merchant, Mayor of the City of Sumter. “These programs work to enhance soft skills and academic performance and improve the physical health and well-being of our residents.”

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky. The company employs 27,600 people.

“For nearly 50 years, we have taken time in February to celebrate the immeasurable contributions Black people have made to our nation, our state, and our neighborhoods,” said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina state president. “This rich history continues to inspire organizations that support African American communities and build upon the legacy of those that came before. Through this funding, we are proud to help shine a light on that important work.”

For more information, contact the Community Development Office at (803) 774-1649.

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Pictured (L to R): Susan Wild, Director of Partnerships, City of Sumter, Quinetta Buterbaugh, Duke Energy, David Merchant, Mayor, City of Sumter, and James Blassingame, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Sumter.