USO of North Carolina awarded $25,000 as part of Duke Energy Foundation workforce initiative

Duke Energy Foundation grant supports the USO of North Carolina’s Operation Exit Strategy program for military service members

Raleigh, N.C. – As part of a $2.5 million nationwide effort to empower students, educators and the workforce of the future, the Duke Energy Foundation has awarded the USO of North Carolina a $25,000 gift in support of its Operation Exit Strategy program. Operation Exit Strategy is a series of workshops designed to assist service members and military spouses as they transition from the military to civilian careers. As a result of this commitment, Duke Energy has been inducted into the USO of NC Patriot Circle as a One-Star Partner.

The USO of North Carolina was one of 67 organizations to receive funding from the Duke Energy Foundation’s 2018 innovative programs initiative. The grants will enhance educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), K-3 early childhood literacy and workforce development.

“Military service members have inherent skills that make them valuable assets to the workforce,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Our investment in the USO of North Carolina will strengthen service members and military spouses as they transition to civilian careers, and will provide them with access to a high-impact program to help them along the way.”

Service members and spouses that attend Operation Exit Strategy workshops receive tailored resume writing, mock interview and professional work practices training. The program also helps attendees learn to translate their military experience into experience applicable to civilian careers. Workshops are led by subject matter experts from a variety of companies and industries.

“Operation Exit Strategy is a key step for many service members as they begin their transition to civilian life,” said John Falkenbury, president of the USO of North Carolina. “We are thankful for Duke Energy’s increased commitment in support of our service members and their families, empowering them to use the skills that they have learned throughout their military careers to be successful leaders in their communities and new careers.”

The USO of North Carolina strengthens military service members throughout their service to the nation by connecting them to family, home and country. Through 11 locations located across North Carolina, the USO of NC offers critical programs and services including education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency, with nearly 600,000 service connections each year.

*ABOUT THE USO OF NORTH CAROLINA: * The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S., providing nearly 600,000 programs and services to service members and their families, including education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. Combined Federal Campaign donors have joined thousands of individual donors, our Chairman’s Leadership Circle member Harris Teeter, 4- star Patriot Circle Partners Bank of America, Cannon Foundation, Community Coffee, Harris Teeter, Lenovo, USAA, Walmart, American Airlines and other corporate partners to support the USO of NC and our service members. For more information visit www.uso-nc.org and to donate, visit https://uso-nc.org/donate-now/.

ABOUT THE DUKE ENERGY FOUNDATION: The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $33 million annually in charitable gifts.

The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career – particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – as well as early childhood literacy and workforce development. The foundation also supports environmental projects and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.

Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.

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