News Release > The Power to Care powers life for hundreds of elderly, disabled customers
The Power to Care powers life for hundreds of elderly, disabled customers
Entergy Arkansas stakeholders donate $581K in ‘21 to keep the lights on
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – We Power Life is more than just a slogan at Entergy Arkansas, it’s part and parcel of the commitment to keeping the power flowing for the company’s most vulnerable customers through The Power to Care. The program received donations of $581,928 in 2021, which in turn helped more than 1,200 senior citizens and customers with disabilities keep their lights on.
Funded by donations and Entergy shareholders, the program provides emergency bill payment assistance for elderly and disabled customers, who are typically on a fixed income and therefore more greatly impacted by utility costs. Customer contributions to the program are tax-deductible and matched by Entergy shareholders up to $1 million annually, and employee contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar with no cap – doubling the impact.
“Our focus on helping the most vulnerable is rooted in the reality of the communities we serve, because 25% of the three million residential customers across all Entergy service areas live in poverty,” said Liz Brister, manager of low-income customer initiatives and financial assistance.
For more than 20 years, partner agencies have helped Entergy identify and distribute The Power to Care funding to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In 2021, The Power to Care provided $3.1 million in assistance to more than 9,000 customers across the company’s four-state territory.
“Our commitment to our customers in need will never waver,” Brister said, “and 100% of the donations go directly to support the program. Because no one should have to choose between food or medicine or electricity, we will continue to partner with local agencies to provide opportunities for customers to access resources to pay their bills and gain financial comfort.”
Donations can be made to the program online or through the MyEntergy app. For more information on how to get assistance or to contribute to the program, visit The Power to Care webpage. Visit www.entergy-arkansas.com for a list of The Power to Care community partners.
About Entergy Arkansas
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 728,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.