NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Entergy is bringing the blues to Arkansas schools, teaching Louisianans how to save energy, and helping create holiday joy for young Vermonters through the latest round of grants from the Entergy Charitable Foundation. This is the third and final grant distribution cycle for the Entergy Charitable Foundation in 2012, bringing the year's total in grants awarded through the foundation to more than $2,980,000. Including foundation grants Entergy Corporation's year-to-date charitable contributions to local nonprofits for 2012 total more than $14 million.
Among the programs supported in this awards cycle are a Blues-in-Schools public education program in Helena- West Helena, Ark; an energy efficiency program called Light up Jefferson Parish in Louisiana; and an environmental initiative at the New England Wildlife Center in Massachusetts. Also supported are a holiday meal program in Jackson, Miss.; an arts education initiative of the South East Texas Arts Council Inc. in Beaumont, Texas; an Adventure in Reading program in New Orleans, La., and Christmas toys for needy children in Brattleboro, Vt.
"These grants represent a meaningful way our shareholders give back to Entergy customers," said Patty Riddlebarger, director, corporate social responsibility, Entergy Corporation.Entergy's grants support communities served by Entergy's utilities in the South as well as those near the company's nuclear plant sites in the Northeast and Michigan. 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. The foundation has a special focus on low-income initiatives as well as educational and literacy programs and efforts to protect the environment. For foundation awards program deadlines and other information or to access an application from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, visit "Our Community" 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. Entergy's online address is www.entergy.com SOURCE Entergy Corporation