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LITTLE ROCK -- Entergy Corp. and the Entergy Charitable Foundation have contributed $847,682 to 168 nonprofit organizations in Arkansas during the first half of the year.

The local funds are part of Entergy's year-to-date contributions of $8.7 million to 915 nonprofit organizations across the company's service area.

"Entergy Arkansas employees and shareholders are invested in building communities," President and CEO Laura Landreaux said in a news release, "not only for our customers, but also because it's where we live, work, shop and play. In any given year, our donations help a wide range of those in need, from food pantries to United Way chapters that fund local partners like hospital auxiliaries and shelters for abused women and children.

"This spring, our largest cash grant of more than $250,000 was given to The Salvation Army for The Power to Care program, followed by $100,000 to the Arkansas Community Foundation for COVID-19 relief. These two are among the largest statewide nonprofits in the state and can provide help to a greater number of individuals hit hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic."

The grants provided funding and support for broad-based initiatives ranging from education and workforce development to poverty solutions, the arts and community improvement initiatives in regions served by Entergy in Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Texas. All contributions come from shareholders.

Some significant year-to-date contributions in Arkansas include:

• Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association, $50,000.

• Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas, $25,000.

• Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, $15,000.

• AR Kids Read, $10,000.

Working with its community partners, "Entergy's social responsibility initiatives delivered more than $100 million in benefits to our communities in 2019. To learn more about Entergy's commitment to powering the lives of the communities it serves, visit entergy.com/community," the release said.

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