Project Care changes name, not services
Entergy Texas, Inc. celebrated an important triple play today – Project CARE has reached its silver anniversary, has a new name and received a matching funds check from Entergy Corporation of more than $121,000.
A new name, however, doesn’t mean the fund’s processes or purpose will change. The Power to Care will remain a charitable, nonprofit with trust fund status and a community-based board of directors. Most importantly, donations made by Texans to the fund to assist senior citizens and the disabled 55 years of age and older with their energy bills will still go to help friends and neighbors in Texas.
Over its 25-year history, Texas’ Project CARE has disbursed nearly $4.4 million to help pay more than 49,000 energy bills for senior and/or disabled Southeast Texans.
A similar effort exists in each of the states where Entergy Corporation operates a utility distribution company. Like the former utility companies, the funds were known by a different name in each state – Project CARE, Helping Hands, Energy Concern and Project Deserve.
But now, the funds will share the name the Power to Care.
A celebration of the new name and 25th anniversary took place today at the offices of the American Red Cross in Beaumont, one of the fund’s administrating agencies. Part of the activities included a check presentation representing matching funds provided by the corporation as a result of donations from Entergy Texas customers.
With the prices of gasoline and food rising and the economy slowing, poor, elderly and disabled Entergy customers will face a growing struggle to pay energy bills as usage increases with the summer heat. Entergy needs to attract more donations from employees, customers and other sources to meet the demand, so it is working to raise awareness of its customer assistance program.
For all of Entergy Corporation’s service area, including Texas, Entergy employees and shareholders joined with customers to contribute $2.4 million to help those in need pay utility bills in 2007 alone. It represents a fraction of the millions raised over more than 25 years to various Entergy funds aimed at helping the elderly, poor and disabled.
Entergy Texas provides electricity to 395,000 customers in 26 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corp. 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, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,300 employees.