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Entergy Texas Donates $136,944 to The Power to Care

Program is a Lifeline for Seniors and the Disabled

Published 8/15/17

From left, Debi Derrick, contributions coordinator for Entergy Texas, and Paul Grimes, Power to Care board member, present a donation to Coya Garrett of Some Other Place in Beaumont and Libby Arnold of Community Care Prayer Outreach in Nederland. Both agencies are among a network of nonprofits that partner with Entergy to administer the Power to Care program.

Temperatures are rising and as they do, so can the financial pressure on the elderly and disabled who are often most in need of keeping their homes cool against summer’s heat.

Thanks to the generosity of Entergy employees, customers and shareholders, those most vulnerable to the heat have a place to turn—The Power to Care.

Entergy Texas recently presented a check for $136,944 to The Power to Care program, with funds representing the company’s fulfilled promise to make a dollar-for-dollar match for donations to the program. The funds, which are used to pay energy bills for qualifying customers, will be administered by some 15 nonprofit agencies throughout the Entergy Texas’ service area.

“For many of our disabled and elderly customers, meeting everyday financial needs is a struggle,” said Vernon Pierce, Entergy Texas vice president of operations and customer service. “It frequently comes down to having to make decisions whether to pay their medical bills, buy food or buy medication. The Power to Care exists to help ensure the most vulnerable among us don’t have to face that choice.”

Paul Grimes, a member of The Power to Care board of directors, received the check on behalf of the organization at a Coffee Break networking meeting for representatives of dozens of nonprofit charitable agencies in the Southeast Texas area.

The Power to Care has been in operation in Southeast Texas for over 32 years and has provided $9.4 million in assistance to Entergy Texas customers.

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