Entergy Commits $1.3M for COVID-19 Relief

04/23/2020

Grants supports nonprofits and vulnerable customers facing economic hardship.

Since establishing the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund in March, Entergy Corporation shareholders have committed more than $1.3 million to help community nonprofits and qualifying customers who are struggling with the financial impact of the ongoing pandemic.

Through grants made to United Way and other nonprofit partners, Entergy’s relief fund is addressing community impacts and helping customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Texas pay for basic needs such as food and nutrition, rent and mortgage assistance, and other critical living expenses until financial situations become more stable.

“Experience has shown us that in times of disaster, vulnerable customers are disproportionately impacted. That’s why we have focused on teaming up with community partners to address the basic needs of our working families and low-income elderly and disabled customers in the communities we serve,” said Patty Riddlebarger, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Entergy. “We’re so grateful for our community partners who mobilized quickly to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, relief funds are being distributed to people who need them most.”

Grants awarded to date include the following:

In addition, company shareholders agreed to match employees’ contributions to United Way relief efforts dollar for dollar up to $100,000. Entergy’s executive officers also committed $100,000 to United Way’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Further fundraising efforts led by Entergy have made more funds and materials available for emergency assistance. These efforts include:

  • Entergy shareholders recently doubled their match of customer donations to The Power to Care from $500,000 to $1 million. Due to COVID-19, the company made the increase in matching dollars available immediately to provide emergency bill payment assistance to low-income seniors and disabled persons. 
  • Employees at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One plant delivered $2,000 worth of PPE, including nearly 500 coveralls, 120 lab coats and disinfection supplies, to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.
  • Entergy New Orleans donated $13,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank to provide 21,000 meals for service industry workers across Orleans Parish.
  • Entergy donated $100,000 to Orleans Parish Public Schools to provide 500 Chromebooks to help students participate in distance learning. Entergy’s donation helped launch a national campaign that raised $2 million to purchase a total of 10,000 Chromebooks for parish students.
  • Entergy’s Waterford 3 Nuclear Station donated 1,000 hazmat suits to the New Orleans Veterans Affair Hospital.
  • Employees at Entergy’s New Orleans Power Station teamed up with Burns & McDonnell, an engineering and construction firm, to donate approximately 1,500 N95 masks to New Orleans East Hospital health care workers.

More information about Entergy’s COVID-19 preparations and response can be found at entergy.com/covid-19.

For more than 100 years, Entergy has powered life in our communities through strategic philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Entergy’s corporate social responsibility initiatives help create and sustain thriving communities, position the company for sustainable growth and are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our top CSR priorities are education/workforce development, poverty solutions/social services and environmental programs. Each year, Entergy contributes $16-18 million in grants from shareholder dollars to more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations in the communities where we operate. In addition, our employees volunteer approximately 112,000 hours in those communities which translates into a $3.5 million economic impact.

Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.


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