Volunteerism and Community Engagement
Thousands of employees and retirees give their time to charities across our regions each year. To support their efforts, Duke Energy created Volunteers In Action, an on-line database where employees can submit, search and sign up for volunteer opportunities across our service territory.
Volunteers In Action also offers year-round volunteer grants for “sweat equity” projects completed by employees, and board leadership grants for employees and retirees who serve on the board of directors of qualifying organizations. In addition, The Duke Energy Foundation has a matching gifts program for financial contributions made by employees and retirees to non-profit organizations.
Global Service Event
At the heart of our support for volunteerism is Duke Energy’s annual Global Service Event (GSE), a companywide community volunteer effort. Since 1997, employees’ and retirees’ grassroots participation has provided leadership, volunteers and project management to countless nonprofit organizations in their communities.
Through a GSE page on Duke Energy’s internal website, employees can lead projects or sign up to volunteer. The company also offers grants to buy supplies and equipment for qualifying projects.
In 2009, employees and retirees participated in more than 700 projects and provided thousands of volunteer service hours to charitable organizations in our service territories.
- Global Service Event
- Coinciding with the start of National Volunteer Week and the birthday of Duke Energy, the Global Service Event is Duke Energy’s major volunteerism effort.
- Community Volunteer Grants
- At Duke Energy, we do more than just encourage our employees to volunteer in their communities. We stand behind their efforts by providing financial support.