LITTLE ROCK -- Entergy Arkansas contributed $1,075,608 to nearly 90 nonprofit organizations statewide in 2020 and, coupled with 23,501 hours of volunteer service last year, the total impact is around $1.7 million, a news release said.
"We Power Life is more than a tagline in Arkansas and across our service areas," said Entergy Arkansas President and CEO Laura Landreaux, "as giving back throughout the year to our communities is one of our most important corporate values. And this was a year like no other.
"We're particularly proud of how some grants were in direct response to the changing needs of our partners due to COVID-19 and its effects on their organizations and clients. For example, our donation to the Arkansas Community Action Agencies was used to purchase and install personal protective equipment so applications for emergency assistance with rent, transportation, food and more in the midst of the global health crisis could continue safely -- for those in need and the people who serve them."
In addition to awarding grants, the 23,501 hours of volunteer service from Entergy employees and retirees to a variety of charitable causes were valued at approximately $639,227.
"Our goal is to serve people and help provide a higher quality of life," Landreaux said, "not only with reliable and safe energy but also through programs that sometimes provide for basic needs but always enrich their lives."
Additional contributions supported broad-based initiatives ranging from education and workforce development, poverty solutions, the arts and community improvement initiatives, aiding families and aging individuals, and environmental protection.
The funding is part of the Entergy Corp. and the Entergy Charitable Foundation contributions to nonprofit organizations across the company's service area and come from shareholder profits.
For more information about Entergy grants, including application, deadline and eligibility details, visit the Entergy Corporate and Foundation Giving webpage at www.entergy.com/csr/giving/.