By David Meade
Participants of the Duke Energy in Action program were in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park Monday helping get ready for the Lighting of the Park this Saturday. A diverse group of more than 20 to 30 Duke Energy employees from Anderson, Greenville, Charlotte and local helped stock food pantry shelves, put up two park displays, rake leaves and prepare illuminaries.
Ryan Mosier of Duke Energy Corporate Communications said Duke Energy employees and retirees lend their time and talents each year to a wide variety of volunteer projects as part of the Duke Energy in Action program. “The volunteer project is a way to further community involvement in the communities in which we live and serve,” he said.
Hands on Greenville helped coordinate the project.
Food donations from Duke Energy employees helped restock the Presbyterian Food Bank shelves just in time for the holiday need.
Duke Energy in Action Volunteers joined Pastor Aaron Ochart to refill the almost bare shelves at the local food pantry.
Duke Energy in Action volunteers and some family members raked numerous bags of leaves to help get the park ready for opening night ceremonies this Saturday at 6 p.m. They also helped put up two lighted displays.
Among Duke volunteers helping with the project was Clark Gillespy, President of Duke Energy’s utility operations in South Carolina and members of his family.
Also Emily DeRoberts, District Manager for the SC Government and Community Relations Team and Duke Energy Foundation Representative.
Members of the Duke Energy in Action project also helped ready luminaries for the annual Memorial Candlelight Service being held at the Williamston Cemetery on Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 pm.