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For Immediate Release:

January 09, 2023

Media contact:
Maureen Moore
Communications Manager


STATESVILLE, N.C. – The EnergyUnited Foundation recently donated $10,000 to FifthStreet Ministries to purchase supplies for a new facility that will provide housing for veterans.The mission of Fifth Street Ministries to compassionately serve men, women and children who are struggling with homelessness, food insecurity or domestic violence. The organization provides clothing, food, health care and safe sanctuary while advocating for positive changes.

“Our newest venture will be focused on our veterans transitional housing program,” said Michele Knapp, executive director of Fifth Street Ministries. “Thanks to this grant from the EnergyUnited Foundation, we will be able to partner with Purple Heart Homes on the construction of new tiny homes to providing housing for local veterans.”

“The EnergyUnited Foundation is proud to partner with Fifth Street Ministries and Purple Heart Homes on this project,” said Debra Citta, administrator of the EnergyUnited Foundation. “We are thankful for this partnership and are proud to do our part to support local veterans.”

The EnergyUnited Foundation is a voluntary, member-funded non-profit organization supported by EnergyUnited’s Operation Round-Up program. Nearly 90,000 EnergyUnited members choose to participate in the program by ‘rounding up’ their electric bills each month. The maximum monthly contribution for an individual member with one account is 99 cents. Each of these small contributions are pooled together in a single fund managed by the EnergyUnited Foundation to support needy individuals, families, and essential nonprofit organizations that complete an application explaining the reason and purpose for their requested grant.

About EnergyUnited EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is the largest electric cooperative in North Carolina serving more than 135,000 metering points. Headquartered in Statesville, EnergyUnited provides electric service in portions of nineteen counties in west central North Carolina which include Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin. Visit to learn more about the cooperative’s energy services and community programs.

Individuals in photo from left to right: Debra Citta, Administrator of the EnergyUnited Foundation; Maureen Moore, Communications Manager, EnergyUnited; Michele Knapp, Executive Director at Fifth Street Ministries; Amy Freeze, Director of Development at Fifth Street Ministries.

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