Duke Energy Foundation Provides Critical Workforce Funding in Southeast Indiana

The Southeast Indiana Workforce Board received funding to assist individuals in recovery.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The Southeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board (SEIWIB) has received a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

On Monday, SEIWIB announced that they have received $15,000 to serve Hoosiers in southeast Indiana that are struggling with substance misuse and abuse.

In 2018, SEIWIB leveraged grant funding to serve individuals impacted by the opioid crisis to build a regional substance abuse recovery system. This regional system is a network of service providers that provide parallel treatment and peer recovery services with employment and training services.

The system provides a pathway to substantive employment for those struggling with recovery.

“This new investment from the Duke Energy Foundation provides us with the opportunity to continue our work helping individuals in recovery who need holistic supports and services,” said Kurt Kegerreis, Executive Director of SEIWIB. “Assisting individuals in recovery is a priority for our organization, and Duke Energy Foundation’s continued support is critical to the sustainability of this important initiative.”

SEIWIB uses grant funding to continue to integrate services for individuals in recovery at all the WorkOne locations, which provide workforce and training services for jobseekers.

The Duke Energy Foundation has been a great supporter of SEIWIB, investing $147,500 in workforce initiatives since 2015.  Previous funding from Duke Energy helped expand apprenticeship opportunities and expand the JAG program in area high schools.

“Duke Energy Foundation is committed to creating meaningful impact in our communities, and we think that this investment is indicative of that commitment,” said Kylie Foster of Duke Energy Foundation. “Since 2015, we have provided over $147,000 to the work of Southeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board to help youth and adults find upward mobility through employment services. We’re pleased to continue our partnership with a great organization.”

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