Moira's Message: 1,000 Families Helped

United Way matched donations of $150,000 from Duke Energy for a total commitment of $300,000 to help 1,000 families in Northern Kentucky.
January 31, 2023
Sandy Suer, Duke Energy-United Way gift card recipient (Color Cover)
John Johnston / United Way of Greater Cincinnati, 2023

CINCINNATI (Jan. 31, 2023) —

Dear United Way friends,

We are reminded every day that we live in uncertain economic times marked by high inflation and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While all of us are affected, the impact is felt most acutely by our most vulnerable neighbors – people whose needs may go unmet because they are not eligible for existing social service programs. People such as Covington resident Sandy Suer, a 60-year-old widow who is disabled and lives on a fixed income. 

Sandy is among the first to benefit from a project we announced last week that will assist 1,000 Northern Kentucky households facing hardship. United Way matched donations of $150,000 from Duke Energy for a total commitment of $300,000. Priority will be given to households that can’t access or don’t qualify for other financial assistance or benefits. 

When Sandy was unable to pay her entire utility bill, she learned she could get help by dialing 211, the United Way Helpline. The Helpline is available 24/7 to any family facing challenges.  

“I talked to this wonderful lady at 211. Her name was Sharyn. She offered me help with a (gift) card,” Sandy said. “It was a wonderful gift. I greatly, greatly appreciate it. It helped me tremendously.” 

We are grateful to Duke Energy for helping meet the needs of Northern Kentucky families.

Also, as we bolster our advocacy efforts in Northern Kentucky, please consider joining us Feb. 15 for Live United Day at the Kentucky State Capitol. You can learn more about the event on Eventbrite.


Moira Weir
United Way of Greater Cincinnati


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