Entergy Texas donates $300K to entities impacted by Harvey

To mark the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Entergy Texas donated $300,000 to local educators, local governments and nonprofit organizations to replace items that the storm destroyed.
 “Harvey showed the heroes of our communities,” said Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, Inc. “The schools, cities and community organizations were there to help people get back on their feet following the storm. Our contributions today are a sign of our ongoing partnership to make our communities stronger.”
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:

•    $18,000 to Hardin-Jefferson ISD
•    $5,000 to Hull-Daisetta ISD
•    $6,000 to Hamshire-Fannett ISD
•    $22,500 to Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD
•    $23,000 to Vidor ISD
•    $15,000 to Orangefield ISD

“On behalf of Vidor ISD, I want to thank Entergy and the Foundation for Southeast Texas for your generosity,” said Vidor ISD Superintendent Jay Killgo. “It has been a monumental effort this year to rebuild the two campuses that were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey (Oak Forest Elementary and Vidor Middle School). We’re still in that process. We’re moving into portables right now, but it’s through the generosity of our neighbors in Southeast Texas like Entergy, that we’re able to do this. Our teachers had to take everything out of their classrooms because when the (Middle School) was flooded it was locked up for quite some time, so it was a total loss, but they’re rebuilding, I see smiles on their faces, they’re excited to start school and that excitement is going to go over to our students.”
Vidor Middle School science teacher Robin James said her lab flooded with about two feet of water, destroying the chemicals, safety goggles and other equipment students need for their experiments.
“We introduce chemical experiments in sixth grade, so we’re going to use the money to restock some of those chemicals,” James said. “In order to work with these chemicals, the students have to have safety goggles, so that will be important to replace.”
In addition to schools, Entergy 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, a release by the company states.
“Time and time again, disaster after disaster, Entergy has been there for us,” said Rebecca Ford, Mayor of the City of Bevil Oaks.
Libby Arnold, executive director of Community Care Prayer Outreach in Nederland, said although the public seems to think it has been a year and everyone that was displaced is back home, that is not true.
“We get calls every day from individuals who had to leave everything in their residence when they evacuated,” Arnold said. “When they returned home, the belongings they left behind were gone. These low-income families have to purchase items such as brooms, mops, cleaners for floor, disinfectants, etc. These dollars will help with those expenses.”

    Local organizations receiving funding include:

•    Community Care Prayer Outreach in Nederland ($5,000 for cleaning supplies for low income citizens)
•    First Baptist Church of Kountze ($5,000 for shelter)
•    Youth Young Adult Fellowship Alliance in Silsbee ($5,000 for generator and shelter)
•    United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County ($5,000 for Harvey rebuilding)
•    St. Vincent de Paul Society ($5,000 for cleaning supplies for low income citizens)
•    Other organizations in Entergy Texas’ western region ($70,000)

The 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.

Photo by Kevin King - Entergy Texas Customer Service Manager  Jim Malain presents a check for $23,000 to Vidor ISD Superintendent Jay Killgo.