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For Immediate Release:

September 17, 2020

Media contact:
Maureen Moore
Communications Manager


STATESVILLE, N.C. – The EnergyUnited Foundation is pleased to announce its recent donation of $4,720 made to Speak Life & Live, Inc.

Speak Life and Live provides supportive social services that strengthen families, promote well-being and inspire women and girls to live at a higher level. Speak Life’s special focus is investing in young people through the Growing Empowering Mentoring for Success (G.E.M.S.) and Growing Empowering Nurturing Transforming for Success (G.E.N.T.S) programs.

“The EnergyUnited Foundation is pleased to support Speak Life & Live’s community outreach efforts with this donation,” said Debra Citta, EnergyUnited Foundation Administrator. “This program will help our communities provide necessary resources for kids who are continuing to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances.”

The mentoring program will leverage hotspot technology, funded by the donation from the EnergyUnited Foundation, to facilitate education and mentoring opportunities for students.

“We are very thankful to receive this donation from the EnergyUnited Foundation,” said Leslie Ava Morrison, Executive Director of Speak Life & Live. “Our program continues to thrive in its efforts to serve families in Iredell County thanks to the support we receive from community partners like EnergyUnited.”

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.

About EnergyUnited   EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is the largest electric cooperative in North Carolina serving more than 130,000 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. EnergyUnited Propane provides products and services to more than 23,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 100 counties across Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Visit EnergyUnited online at to learn more about our electric and propane businesses.


Pictured (top row, left to right): Saira Estrada, Speak Life & Live Board Chair; Leslie Morrison, Executive Director of Speak Life & Live; Freddy Morrison, Ambassador for Speak Life & Live; Maureen Moore, Communications Manager for EnergyUnited.

Pictured (bottom row, left to right): Debra Citta, EnergyUnited Foundation Administrator; Thomas Golden, Chief Strategy Officer & VP of Energy Services for EnergyUnited.


Leslie and Fredrick Morrison accepted the $4,720 donation from the EnergyUnited Foundation to Speak Life & Live.


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