• NEW ORLEANS WOMEN’S SHELTER: Entergy has awarded a $15,000 grant to the New Orleans Women’s Shelter workforce program, which helps homeless women gain employment and arrange for child care. “Most of NOWS mothers opt to use state child care assistance for daily child care tuition. To qualify for this, mothers must be able to document their employment and pay the application fees, plus two weeks of advance payment,” said Dawn Bradley-Fletcher, executive director of New Orleans Women’s Shelter. “This presents a Catch-22 scenario for the mother, because she must have a job to receive help but does not have the funds from her job to pay in advance. NOWS helps with this so that every mother can begin her job without the financial strain in the beginning.” This is the second year in a row that Entergy has partnered with NOWS to support homeless women and children. During 2014, Entergy generously provided $10,000 to support women with employment, housing and childcare assistance. For information about NOWS, visit www.NOLAWomenShelter.org.
  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA: Boys & Girls Clubs of America has presented its National Award of Merit to Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. The award presentation took place at the annual Louisiana Area Council meeting. Chevron was nominated for the distinction by Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana for its support of Boys & Girls Clubs. In 2014, Chevron initiated a relationship with the Boys & Girls Club in Covington, where Chevron maintains one of its main offices. Chevron has made a commitment to improve the facility at the Covington Club with a $150,000 capital improvement grant. The grant will support safety upgrades, as well as increase the club’s capacity to serve even more children. Construction in connection with the grant began in early August 2015. Chevron is also the presenting sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana’s 50th anniversary celebration, which will be Oct. 16 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana serves more than 1,100 club members annually at its four sites in Covington, Gretna, New Orleans and Slidell. The clubs are open during the after-school hours and in the summer to children and teens between the ages of 6 and 18.
  • UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: The AT&T Foundation has donated $29,000 to United Way of Southeast Louisiana for programs in its service area of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. In 2015, AT&T has given $5.17 million to 550 local United Ways across the country.