Duke Energy providing grant for fans and air conditioners

The Duke Energy Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati are partnering to bring welcome relief from the heat to those in need.

The Duke Energy Foundation is providing a $20,000 grant to buy fans and air conditioners for elderly, low-income and disabled people in the region.  United Way will administer the program, distributing funds to non-profit agencies that serve the needs of those populations.

Individuals that have a need can call United Way 211, United Way's 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week health and social services information and referral helpline, by dialing 2-1-1 for a list of agencies that will be distributing the fans and air conditioners.

Funds will be available in Duke Energy's service territory of Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

"We are grateful to Duke Energy for their willingness to step up and meet this critical need," says Robert C. Reifsnyder, president and CEO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. "This generous contribution will help alleviate the health and safety concerns for so many people seeking relief and lacking a fan or air conditioner."

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