-Companies make combined $30,000 donation to Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry-

HICKORY, N.C. (May 14, 2020) – Duke Energy, through its Duke Energy Foundation, and Shurtape Technologies, LLC, have partnered to provide a $30,000 donation to the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Catawba County, North Carolina.

For over 50 years, ECCCM has provided a compassionate hand up to those in need in Catawba County, and the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout have substantially increased demand for its crisis assistance services. The joint gift from Duke Energy and Shurtape is one way the organizations are endeavoring to mitigate the adverse impacts of the pandemic across the state.

“ECCCM is grateful for strong community support during crisis situations like we are experiencing with the Coronavirus. Through the partnership between Duke Energy and Shurtape, ECCCM is better equipped to provide critical crisis assistance services to the many families in our community that have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19, keeping them secure in their homes, with utilities on and food in their pantries,” said Rev. Robert C. Silber, director of ECCCM. “I am deeply appreciative for this investment in our community by these two strong organizations.”

“Duke Energy and Shurtape have a long history of supporting the communities in which we operate, and never has there been a time of greater need than the present. ECCCM’s excellent reputation for providing vital crisis assistance to needy households make them a great partner for directing these incremental dollars to the families that have been hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Stephen Shuford, vice chairman for STM Industries, Inc., the parent company of Shurtape Technologies.

“We recognize the financial toll the COVID-19 crisis is having on our communities, and it’s important to us to help our neighbors in need,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We’re pleased to partner with Shurtape to support ECCCM, an organization that is essential to providing relief to the residents of Catawba County when they need it most.”

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