Entergy Charitable Foundation Announces 2007 Second Cycle Grants
New Orleans, La. –The Entergy Charitable Foundation today announced that grants totaling $808,666 will go to 52 organizations throughout Entergy’s operating area. This brings the 2007 ECF grant total to more than $1.5 million.
The grants will fund projects like Support for Aspiring Scholars, an Arkansas pilot designed to encourage low and middle-income families to save for their children’s higher education. The Pine Bluff-based Arkansas Enterprise Group will use the funds to match contributions made to the state’s existing education savings program.
The ECF also approved a grant for New York-based Hillside Food Outreach Inc. The organization distributes food to people in need in Westchester County, focusing on individuals with special health and dietary requirements.
Other funded projects include a Louisiana high school student concert tour to discourage tobacco use, a Mississippi after-school tutoring program and a Texas program to help families learn to communicate with each other more effectively.
“We at Entergy know that many of the people we serve face daunting challenges,” said Patricia Riddlebarger, director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Entergy Corporation. “But when we look at the people we serve and the challenges they face, what we see is opportunity. Our opportunity is to help our communities confront today’s challenges by working to create real education, employment and housing opportunities.”
The Entergy Charitable Foundation is a private not-for-profit foundation that is wholly funded by Entergy Corporation. The foundation’s purpose is to help low-income families and individuals escape poverty by providing them with tools such as education, job training and placement, literacy, affordable housing and asset creation. The ECF accepts applications three times per year. Third-cycle grant awards will be announced in October.
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