Reliant Energy donates $100,000 to Richardson, Grapevine nonprofits on front lines of fight against COVID-19

Since Richardson ISD announced school closures in March, Network of Community Ministries has been providing weekend meal boxes to families in need. (Courtesy Network of Community Ministries)
Since Richardson ISD announced school closures in March, Network of Community Ministries has been providing weekend meal boxes to families in need. (Courtesy Network of Community Ministries)

Since Richardson ISD announced school closures in March, Network of Community Ministries has been providing weekend meal boxes to families in need. (Courtesy Network of Community Ministries)

Reliant Energy is giving $100,000 to four North Texas organizations that have given back to the community during the pandemic.



Each organization, including Network of Community Ministries in Richardson and GRACE in Grapevine, will receive $25,000 to go towards coronavirus relief efforts, according to a May 28 news release.



“Reliant is dedicated to helping our fellow Texans during this uncertain time and making sure our communities have access to the basic necessities they critically need,” company President Elizabeth Killinger said in the release. “We are incredibly moved by the work local nonprofits are doing to help care for our neighbors, and we are honored to help light the way by supporting these crucial services.”



The donations are part of NRG Energy, Inc.’s $2 million commitment to support pandemic relief efforts. NRG is the parent company of Reliant Energy.



These organizations were chosen because they have not yet received aid from the region’s relief funds, according to the press release. Metrocrest Services and Mission Arlington also received $25,000 donations.


The money will enable Network to continue supporting those who need help during the crisis, organization CEO Cindy Shafer said.

"Network has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 response for the Richardson ISD communities and has incurred many additional expenses related to the provision of food, housing assistance, storage and personal protective supplies,” she said. We are incredibly grateful to Reliant Energy for this generous donation, which will help us meet these obligations and care for our neighbors during this trying time"


GRACE Executive Director Shonda Shaefer said the donation will help the organization serve clients for the long haul.

“These funds are going to help us to react to this new environment and be able to commit to doing rent and utility assistance for those families that are most greatly affected,” she said.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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