Entergy grants $25,000 to VBISD to provide assistance to county students and families

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

    LAWRENCE - Entergy Palisades has awarded the Van Buren Intermediate School District a $25,000 grant to help students, staff and family members during the  COVID-19 pandemic.
    “We know from experience that working families and low-income elderly and disabled customers are hardest hit during times of crisis,” said Patty Riddlebarger, vice president of Entergy’s corporate social responsibility, in a press release.
    “We are working quickly to make funds available to community partners that serve vulnerable households to lessen the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and en-sure that families have the resources they need to get by during this time of uncertainty.”
    To support the most vulnerable customers, Entergy shareholders are committing $700,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Re-lief Fund to help qualifying customers with basic needs such as food and nutrition, rent and mortgage assistance, and other critical needs until financial situations become more stable.
    Grants from the fund will be provided to United Way organizations and other non-profit partners across Entergy’s service area that are providing services to impacted households.
    VBISD Superintendent Jeff Mills said of the grant, “VBISD was awarded a very generous $25,000 grant from Entergy Palisades that will be used to support meals to students and families throughout Van Buren County, and to purchase 9,000 face shields to be used by local fire departments, hospitals, and first responders.”
    Monies will also be used to purchase devices to support staff members and students in delivering educational learning opportunities. Through feedback from surveys and staff members, monies will be available to support families and students for items or financial assistance in this time of need, according to Mills.
    “Throughout the years, Entergy Palisades has been a wonderful supporter of many activities in the communities and the local school districts served by the Van Buren Intermediate School District.  It is nice to see the company step forward and provide this much needed financial support for Van Buren County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said  Mills.

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