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For Immediate Release:

June 11, 2020

Media contact:
Maureen Moore
Communications Manager


The EnergyUnited Foundation recently donated $10,000 to St. Francis Springs Center in support of their respite program for frontline medical workers.

The retreat center has grown exponentially since its founding and now they are hoping to help meet an essential need for many frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The St. Francis Springs Center recognizes the severe economic and public health impact of this pandemic and we want to do what we can to help,” said Steve Swayne, executive director of St. Francis Springs Center. “Thanks to this donation from the EnergyUnited Foundation, we will be able to provide free rooms for frontline medical workers to stay for up to two nights while they work tirelessly to help save lives.”

The funding will help the five-star retreat center defray operational costs, such as food, utilities and staffing to serve medical workers. Their plan is to serve 15 medical workers from the Piedmont Triad area each week by working closely with Wake Forest Baptist Health, UNC and Moses Cone hospitals.

“We are honored to support this outstanding initiative in support of our frontline medical workers,” said Debra Citta, EnergyUnited Foundation Administrator. “These workers put their lives on the line each day to serve us in our greatest times of need, but these workers also have essential needs that our communities must meet during this crisis. We are thankful to support St. Francis Spring Center and this incredible initiative.”

The EnergyUnited Foundation is a voluntary, member-funded non-profit organization supported by EnergyUnited’s Operation Round-Up program. Over 70,000 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.

St. Francis Springs Center

Pictured from left to right: Steve Swayne, executive director of St. Francis Springs Center; Debra Citta, EnergyUnited Foundation Administrator; Ann Bauer, assistant director of St. Francis Springs Center.

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