For 64 area nonprofit agencies, Christmas came a little early this year as Entergy Texas bestowed them collectively with nearly $309,000 to be used for various endeavors.The money comes from Entergy and the Entergy Charitable Foundation to support agencies focused on helping assist low-income residents of Southeast Texas, as well as those involved with education and environmental programs. A few of the worthy organizations to receive grant money were LifeShare Blood Center, which received $1,500; the Salvation Army, which received $3,000; the Foster Grandparent Program of the Southeast Texas Senior Programs Foundation, which received $1,000; and the Friends of Dr. Martin Luther King Support Group, which received $1,500.
“All of the groups we support are special to us,” said Debi Derrick, Entergy spokesperson. “As you can tell from the list in the news release, we contribute to large and small organizations, from Habitat for Humanity, which helps get families into homes, to the fire departments that were battling wildfires this summer. One of the things we are very proud of is that we provide grants throughout our service area and often to those smaller organizations that have a more difficult time finding resources.”
A breakdown of the organizations receiving grants from Entergy shows that, while a majority of the donations went to nonprofits in Beaumont, there were a number of agencies throughout Southeast Texas that were also recipients of Entergy’s benevolence. There were four charities each in Port Arthur and Woodville, three in Orange, two in Nederland and one each in Anahuac, Winnie, Sour Lake, Nome, Bridge City, Vidor, Groves, Saratoga, Liberty, Kountze, Warren and Spurger that received grants.
The idea behind the grant program is to give to those charities that give back to others in Southeast Texas. Derrick said in order to be included, the entity must be registered as a 501(c)3 and apply for approval on Entergy’s Web site. Information on how to be a part of Entergy’s charitable endeavors can be found on its Web site at www.entergytexas.com  by clicking on the “Community” tab.
“We help local nonprofit agencies do their good work in the cities, communities and even very rural areas we serve,” Derrick said. “And we do so consistently throughout the year through a variety of grants — from the larger dollars often associated with the Entergy Charitable Foundation, based in New Orleans, to the micro-grants that come from Entergy Texas Inc., to the many smaller contributions decided by our customer service managers, who live and work at the local community level.”