Entergy Charitable Foundation Awarded More Than $931,998
BEAUMONT July 10, 2015 - The Entergy Charitable Foundation recently awarded more than $930,000 in grants to boost education, expand environmental programs, promote more cultural activities and help create poverty solutions in communities served by Entergy. Some $78,000 in grants awarded in Texas include:
- Edison Plaza Museum in Beaumont awarded $20,000 to continue its educational mission for the community. The one-of-a-kind museum offers educational tours to schools and to students who are at-risk or who live in socio-economic deprived areas.
- Education for Tomorrow Alliance awarded $15,000 for “Future Focus,” a classroom-based curriculum designed to promote positive decision making among junior high school students. Trained volunteers offer interactive programing to help students realize that educational attainment today has a lasting impact on their options later in life. More than 3,000 students will be engaged in this project in hands-on activities that promote high school and college graduation.
- Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center awarded $6,000 for “Promoting Organizational Effectiveness and Capacity Building for Nonprofits.” This is the only organization in the region dedicated to developing and supporting nonprofits. On-going economic stress, natural disasters and federal and state budget cuts are challenging nonprofits, directors and boards. The center provides low-cost or no-cost quality management support, training, workshops and services to help nonprofits strategically carry out their missions.
- Art Museum of Southeast Texas awarded $5,000 for “Will-Amelia Sterns Price: Mike’s Road to Taos Art Exhibition.” This solo exhibition features paintings and drawings of one of the founders of the Beaumont Art Museum. Price taught anatomy and life-painting classes at the museum where she shared her skill with aspiring artists. A book documenting her work will be produced as well as a free family arts day.
- Habitat for Humanity awarded $5,000 for “Transportation to Support for Build Program” to purchase a new engine for the organization’s work truck. The organization’s construction manager travels to and from the warehouse to work sites pulling a trailer with tools and supplies. Restoration of the vehicle will allow Habitat in Jefferson County to continue its mission of providing affordable houses to residents in need.
- Lone Star Community Health Center in Conroe awarded $5,000 for “Come Home for Health” to improve the health of low income, impoverished families in Montgomery County. These families will be provided one-on-one assistance from 15 community service agencies to address medical, financial, housing and social needs. The weeklong event promotes a more healthy family.
- Lumberton Civic Women’s League awarded $5,000 for “Caring Hearts,” a project in Lumberton providing anyone in an emergency situation with food, clothing, toiletries, back to school supplies and Christmas or birthday gifts for children. The league also provides Thanksgiving and Christmas groceries. Referrals come from city hall, the public school system, area churches and the local police and fire departments.
- Sam Houston State University in Huntsville awarded $5,000 for “Walker County Food for Life.” This program is working to address hunger in Walker County among children and senior citizens. Networks are established to provide nutritious meals and teach healthy eating habits. The CCE currently has more than 200 academic community engagement courses that require students to employ their knowledge and skills to help meet community needs. ACE courses, internships and resources target food insecurities and nutrition.
- Woodland Center for Performing Arts awarded $5,000 for “Musical Scores” in The Woodlands. This program rewards at-risk students in South Montgomery County and Houston for accomplishments during the school year. Goals are set and points earned for scholastic progress and achievement. Issues emphasized include displaying positive behavior, improved test scores, better attendance and book reading. Self-esteem and accomplishment is built through the Pavilion’s Musical Scores program. Local and national artists also help with this endeavor.
- Community Partners of Montgomery County awarded $2,500 for “Child Safety Project” in Willis. CPS case workers identify child safety needs while work with children in abuse or neglect situations. A variety of car seats, temporary bedding and child proof kits are kept for families that cannot afford them.
- The City of Beaumont awarded $2,000 for “Every Hero has a Story” summer reading club with the Beaumont Public Library System. The purpose is to bridge the gap between the end of the school year and the new school year by offering literacy programming and incentives for children to spend the summer reading. The program focuses on science, technology, engineering and math skills, or STEM.
- The CCIC awarded $2,500 for the “Sixth Annual Hug-a-Tree/Kiss-a-Fish Youth” adventure. The three-day event for families includes food, camping and activities such as a fishing tournament. Participants learn responsibility and leadership skills while rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, insect identification and photography.
Patty Riddlebarger, director of Entergy’s corporate and social responsibility program, said the company targets community investments that contribute to a more vibrant and healthy community. “All stakeholders – owners, customers, employees and communities – benefit from these programs,” she said. “The funded initiatives promote a healthier, more educated and environmentally safe society.”
Entergy Charitable Foundation grants are offered annually by the foundation through two award cycles. In 2014, Entergy shareholders awarded more than $15 million to local nonprofits, including $2.6 million from the Entergy Charitable Foundation. Learn more in our 2014 integrated report. Applications and additional information for this year’s second cycle of Entergy Charitable Foundation grant awards are available at “Our Community” at entergy.com. Applications must be submitted online by August 1.