Duke Energy and United Way team up to promote heat relief, good health


While July offered a break from the heat with uncharacteristic amounts of rain and mild temperatures, August weather is living up to its end-of-summer expectations as near 90-degree temperatures are again the norm.
 
Some individuals and families are still seeking relief while living without air conditioning and in some cases even without a fan.
 
So Duke Energy and United Way of Greater Cincinnati are teaming up to make sure those in need don’t go unnoticed throughout the final weeks of summer.
 
“United Way of Greater Cincinnati is in touch with people who need the help and can quickly get fans to them as summer temperatures become unbearable,” says Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky.
 
Duke has provided a $25,000 grant to United Way, which will use the funds to purchase fans for local nonprofits that work with individuals who are considered low-income, who have disabilities or who are older and more susceptible to heat exhaustion.
 
Fans will be available to those in need, as the United Way’s 24-hour, 7-day-a-week health and social services information and referral helpline will serve community members as a fan distribution resource.
 
“This donation supports our efforts to ensure that all in our community have good health, the key to maintaining financial stability and, later in life, independence,” says Rob Reifsnyder, United Way president. “Education, income and health — it’s all interconnected.”
 
Do Good: 

• If you’re in need or someone you know is in need of a fan, call the UWGC's helpline at 2-1-1 to connect to services. 

• Support the United Way of Greater Cincinnati by giving.

Volunteer through the United Way.
 

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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