Entergy New Orleans recently gave a little lagniappe to local organizations that support education, environmental programs and poverty solutions.
Although the company gives back year-round to the community it serves, it donated some $3 million to community partners at the end of 2016 in an effort to make life better for New Orleanians now and in the future.
In addition, several workforce and economic development organizations were included to continue driving economic growth and supporting community efforts to create jobs, and the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation was included to help the police department in making the city safer for all.
“We’re always glad to give back and are particularly glad to help the customers we serve through supporting the many hardworking organizations in our area,” said Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans.
In 2016, Entergy invested more than $6 million in charitable contributions in Orleans Parish, and Entergy employees donated more than 12,000 hours of volunteer service to nonprofits in the New Orleans area. Through the company’s sponsorship of the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s annual GiveNOLA Day, millions of dollars are raised annually for local nonprofits during the 24-hour, online giving event. In 2017, nearly $5 million was raised, topping 2016’s and 2015’s $4 million each. What’s more, in the years since Hurricane Katrina, Entergy has invested more than $37 million and thousands of hours of volunteer service to create a stronger, better-educated, more vibrant and sustainable New Orleans for the future.
The Entergy New Orleans contributions are funding efforts ranging from STEM programs to wetland conservation/education to low-income assistance to job training. Some of the nearly 60 organizations include: STEM NOLA, the 1881 Institute of Technology, the New Orleans Council on Aging, Total Community Action, Second Harvest Food Bank, Family Service of Greater New Orleans, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, Friends of Joe Brown Park, Audubon Nature Institute, Friends of City Park, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the New Orleans Business Alliance, the Algiers Economic Development Foundation, the East New Orleans Business District and Delgado Community College.
“Making a difference in our community through philanthropy and volunteerism is just one of the many ways we power life,” added Rice. “We’re proud to give back to the city we serve and to the local organizations that help our customers in many different ways. By working together, we can continue to help New Orleans thrive and grow.”
To learn more about previous charitable efforts, visit entergyneworleans.com or the company’s corporate social responsibility website. And to make a donation to help elderly and disabled customers with their energy bills year-round, please visit The Power to Care.