Duke Foundation awards grants

PLAINFIELD – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded grants totaling $255,000 to programs that help Indiana communities grappling with mental health and substance abuse needs.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen a rise in mental health and substance use disorders across Indiana,” said Stan Pinegar, Duke Energy Indiana president. “I have personally heard from our community leaders that more needs to be done, and we’re joining the fight by supporting the critical work of organizations that are providing pathways to prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services.”

The grants will support a wide range of initiatives to create and expand mental health and substance use services across the state.

Among the recipients is the Indiana Region 9 Workforce Board (Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties) which received $35,000 for its Workforce Reintegration Program.

The board will leverage this grant funding to help individuals impacted by substance misuse with reintegration into the workforce, providing them with opportunities for work-based training and placement in high-wage, in-demand occupations.

For more information, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.