Entergy Texas Aids Harvey Recovery in Classrooms, Communities
BEAUMONT August 24, 2018 - In the aftermath of Harvey’s devastation, Southeast Texas showed the resilience to overcome. Neighbors, families and businesses stood together and rebuilt, stronger than ever. A year later, that rebuilding continues.
This is why on the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Lone Star State, Entergy Texas is giving $300,000 to local educators, local governments and nonprofit organizations to replace items that Harvey destroyed.
A portion of these contributions will go towards heavily-impacted school districts across Southeast Texas – schools that are still suffering from the hardship of Harvey. Teachers at six independent school districts are getting a total of $89,500 to help makeover their classrooms or buy material and equipment to enhance learning. The donations include:
"We at Vidor ISD are so grateful for the funds to aid our teachers who lost so much, as their classrooms were inundated with floodwaters last August. Veteran teachers suddenly found themselves without teaching materials accumulated over years of faithful service in the classroom. What a devastating loss!” said Sally Andrews, Coordinator of Community Relations at Vidor ISD. “Entergy’s donations to replace what was lost is a great gift. Our teachers are so excited!"
In addition to schools, Entergy Texas is donating thousands of dollars to local governments and nonprofit agencies, who will use the money for shelters, generators for pump stations, cleaning supplies and Harvey rebuilding. Cities receiving assistance include Kountze, Sour Lake, Ames, Beaumont, Bevil Oaks, China, Nome and Rose City.
Libby Arnold, executive director of Community Care Prayer Outreach in Nederland, also has seen the need.
Local organizations receiving funding include:
To distribute the funds, Entergy turned to the Foundation for Southeast Texas, a nonprofit, public charity that accepts funds from donors, manages them and distributes them to nonprofits in the local community.
“Foundation for Southeast Texas is very excited to partner with Entergy Texas on this grant round. This funding will make a huge impact on the rebuilding of our community that is still needed,” said Mellie Bevilacqua, Executive Director of the Foundation for Southeast Texas. “We believe that with these partnerships, we will rebuild southeast Texas stronger than it was before the storm.”
Today’s donations are part of more than $800,000 Entergy has contributed in the past year. They are in addition to $530,000 in relief grants that Entergy already contributed to local agencies shortly after Harvey.