Special to Iredell Free News

The EnergyUnited Foundation recently donated $10,000 to Purple Heart Homes (PHH) to help support the construction of housing for local veterans.

“Nearly 1 million veterans who own homes are severely cost-burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance,” said John Gallina, chief executive officer and co-founder of Purple Heart Homes. “However, PHH’s vision is to ensure that every veteran always has a safe place to call home.”

The EnergyUnited Foundation provides support for numerous nonprofits to benefit veterans and also those who are in need of safe, affordable housing. This latest donation to PHH showcases its commitment to supporting an important cooperative principle: concern for community.

“We are the home of the free because of the brave men and women who have served our country,” said EnergyUnited Foundation Administrator Debra Citta. “We are thankful for organizations like Purple Heart Homes that are committed to serving our veterans.”

The EnergyUnited Foundation is a voluntary, member-funded nonprofit 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 131,000 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. To learn more about the EnergyUnited Foundation, please visit www.energyunited.com/givingback.

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