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Powering Pinellas: Education

Duke Energy’s Foundation provided $364,500 in grants to seven Pinellas County-based educational and workforce development programs this year, part of $1.7 million invested throughout Florida benefiting 59 organizations.

Supporting educational initiatives is an integral mission of Duke Energy Florida. The educational grants help fund projects in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The workforce development initiatives are designed to further bolster and expand the state’s existing skilled workforce.

Duke Energy's grants to K-12 local education foundations are also eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching funds through the State of Florida's School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, doubling the impact of the investment.

In January 2017, Duke Energy Florida announced a $1 million gift to the Campbell Park community and its surrounding neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The announcement was made in collaboration with United Way Suncoast, the recipient organization of the investment. Since 2011, United Way Suncoast has operated a neighborhood program in Campbell Park Elementary School with a focus on student educational support, parent engagement and adult financial stability. In 2016, United Way Suncoast expanded its initiative to include a dedicated community resource center to empower individuals and families to work toward long-term stability. The resource center is housed in the Cross and Anvil Human Services Center, run by Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, and is operated in partnership with the Pinellas County Urban League and other nonprofit partners. Duke Energy Florida’s commitment will enable United Way Suncoast to rapidly expand and increase capacity at the resource center. Services will include job coaching, soft skills training, resume writing and job referrals training. In addition, financial planning and coaching, legal advice and other programs will be offered. As a result of the gift, company leaders hope to proactively address the community’s future needs through social support. While services are located in the Campbell Park neighborhood, residents from surrounding areas are welcome to participate in the programs