Companies Commit Funds to Help Region Recover from Ida

Hurricane Ida
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NEW ORLEANS – The following companies have pledged funds to help communities affected by Hurricane Ida:

Louisiana First Horizon Foundation announced a pledge of $1 million. The funds will be distributed through nonprofit partners to address the needs of affected areas. Applications for funding to 501c-3 organizations can be submitted online at www.firsthorizonfoundation.com/Louisiana.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone experiencing loss from this catastrophic event,” said First Horizon President and CEO Bryan Jordan. “We will continue to play a lead role in providing the resources needed to rebuild and restore the lives of our associates and clients and the communities we serve.”

The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group – the parent company of UnitedHealthcare and Optum – announced a $1 million donation to help Louisiana residents recover and rebuild following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida. 

“Hurricane Ida caused significant devastation and affected the lives of thousands of people across Louisiana,” said John Bel Edwards, governor of Louisiana. “We are grateful for the United Health Foundation’s quick response and commitment to the people of Louisiana as we start to recover and rebuild from this hurricane.” 

ExxonMobil said it is contributing $500,000 toward relief efforts in Louisiana communities affected by Hurricane Ida. ExxonMobil’s assistance will support local nonprofit organizations through a combination of direct grants and the donation of gasoline and diesel from ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refinery to frontline healthcare workers and the local school system.

“We commend the organizations and individuals working tirelessly to care for Baton Rouge and other affected communities, and hope that our contributions will help provide meaningful assistance and comfort to those in need,” said Baton Rouge Refinery Manager David Oldreive.

ExxonMobil is contributing $250,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Ida relief efforts, and a total of $185,000 in grants to the United Cajun Navy, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, the Healthy Baton Rouge Initiative, The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge, Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge General Hospital and Women’s Hospital Foundation.

Chevron Corporation has committed $3 million to support relief and recovery efforts underway in communities affected by Ida. To add to these efforts, the company has also donated over 115,000 gallons of fuel to first responders, healthcare workers and citizens across Southeast Louisiana.

“As a major employer and longtime partner in several Gulf Coast communities, Chevron is fully committed to helping the region recover from the impacts of Hurricane Ida,” said Brad Middleton, vice president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, which is headquartered in Covington. “We understand that these resources are vital to support the response and recovery of our communities. There is significant recovery work to be done, and Chevron stands by our fellow Louisiana residents through this difficult time.”

The American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and Team Rubicon will each receive a $500,000 donation to support immediate relief efforts throughout the impacted region, including Jefferson, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes. The remaining $1.5 million will be distributed to other local organizations focused on disaster relief. These include the Bayou Community Foundation, the Northshore Community Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the US Coast Guard Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Northshore Food Bank, the Bless Your Heart Foundation and The Bayou Civic Club. Chevron has also donated approximately 25 generators to help get small businesses back online in Terrebonne Parish.

In addition, the company is matching hurricane relief donations made by employees and retirees, as well as providing financial contributions to organizations where employees volunteer.

Entergy Corporation said employees are teaming up with nonprofits and partners both local and from across the country to help those who have been impacted.

Entergy today announced a $1.25 million commitment in shareholder contributions to help nonprofit partners provide disaster relief and assistance with rebuilding and recovery. This includes $250,000 in pre-disaster funding that will enable the American Red Cross to continue providing help with food, water and shelter for customers.

Entergy said it will work closely with local nonprofit partners and parish leaders to determine how the company’s support can best be used to meet immediate needs while also aiding with longer-term recovery.

“Restoring power to our communities is the first step in helping get our communities back on their feet,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “To be a true partner we need to ensure we’re helping our customers in every way possible. This is just us doing what’s right for the communities we live in and serve.”

“Hurricane Ida’s impact to New Orleans and southeast Louisiana was devastating and our restoration efforts continue in the hardest hit areas,” said Deanna Rodriguez, Entergy New Orleans president and CEO. “These charitable contributions will go directly to those who need it the most to help in their recovery.”

For more information on the company’s restoration efforts following Hurricane Ida, visit entergy.com/hurricaneida.

JPMorgan Chase has deployed $1.3 million in four local community projects to support the greater New Orleans region and its most vulnerable residents deal with the disproportionate impacts of significant natural disasters.

Building on JPMorgan Chase’s efforts to advance sustainable development, the philanthropic investments support New Orleans’ communities as they prepare for, and rebound from, the impacts of disasters by providing capital loans to minority-owned contractors participating in local blue-green infrastructure projects, workforce training, tree planting and greenspace enhancements, and support for fishing communities dealing with coastal erosion.

Many communities are struggling to manage the impacts of natural disasters, such as extreme heat, flooding, and drought. The severity and frequency of those disasters are expected to grow over time, and like the impacts of COVID- 19, these events have the greatest impacts on communities with the fewest resources and protections. In addition to our support in New Orleans, JPMorgan Chase is also announcing today more than $1 million to non-profits located in Houston focused on resilience, to have a greater impact on the Gulf Coast area.

“Vulnerable populations in New Orleans are at the greatest risk for negative impacts of future storms. JPMorgan Chase is taking a proactive approach to help our most vulnerable communities build the resiliency they need to prepare for and mitigate future disasters,” said Greg Rattler, executive director and market leader for JPMorgan Chase in New Orleans. “Chase has a long track record of supporting Louisiana in good times and in bad, including a $5 million AdvancingCities investment in November 2020 to boost our city’s burgeoning blue-green infrastructure industry.”

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