Entergy Services, Inc.
New Orleans, La. - More than 50 nonprofit groups have been
awarded $1.2 million in grants from the Entergy Charitable
Foundation in the second of three planned award cycles for
"Grants from the Entergy Charitable Foundation are
shareholder funded and help organizations within our service
territories continue the good work they do in their local
communities," explained Patty Riddlebarger, director,
corporate social responsibility, Entergy Corporation. "We
award qualified organizations grants in three cycles annually
and encourage organizations to apply for the ECF grants."
Among the awards this cycle is a $460,000 grant to New
Schools for Baton Rouge, an incubator of up to 25 new charter
schools. Working within North Baton Rouge''s newly
created Achievement Zone, where 65 percent of students are
currently performing below grade-level, NSBR hopes to improve
student achievement through use of scale proven educator
talent pipelines and investment in education support
Posse New Orleans received a $50,000 award. Posse identifies
public high school students with extraordinary academic and
leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional
college selection processes. The organization places these
students in supportive, multicultural teams--Posses--of 10
students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse
Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
With the support and resources Posse provides, scholars
graduate at an unprecedented 90 percent rate.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans received $125,000
in grants to support summer and school-year children's
feeding programs. The Summer Feeding program provides free
breakfast and lunch to low-income children during the summer
in New Orleans. Second Harvest expects to provide a total of
240,000 meals and serve approximately 3,000 children at more
than 50 sites in 2012, nearly double the success of the
programs in 2011. The school year program, Kids Cafe,
delivers hot, nutritious dinner meals daily to children at
afterschool programs in the highest-need areas of New
Orleans. Second Harvest will expand Kids Cafe to serve up to
12 sites at an average of 1,200 children per day and provide
more than 200,000 meals through the school year.
The University of Mississippi Foundation received a $100,000
grant in support of the Mississippi Building Blocks program,
designed to enhance the quality of early care and education
provided to young children. Mentors are provided for 20
consecutive days to assist teachers working in the infant and
toddler classrooms of participating centers and improve
teaching strategies. Age-appropriate education materials and
resources are also provided. Teachers receive scholarships to
obtain their Child Development Associate Certificate and
receive stipends upon completion.
The Entergy Charitable Foundation is a private, nonprofit
foundation wholly funded by Entergy Corporation shareholders.
The goal of the foundation is to support initiatives that
help create and sustain thriving communities. ECF has a
special focus on low-income initiatives as well as
educational and literacy programs and efforts to protect the
environment. The foundation accepts applications three times
per year. For more information or to access an application
form from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, look under "Our
Community/Corporate and Foundation Giving" at www.entergy.com.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged
primarily in electric power production and retail
distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power
plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric
generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of
nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear
generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million
utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and
Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion
and approximately 15,000 employees.