BRATTLEBORO -- United Way of Windham County announced Wednesday that Entergy Corporation, which owns Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, has pledged $100,000 to help area residents repair damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
Carmen Derby, executive director of the United Way of Windham County, said Entergy is awarding an immediate $50,000 grant to the agency and will match donations from Entergy employees and other businesses up to $50,000.
All told, the fund drive has the potential of sending $150,000 or more to aid residents.
"We can’t thank Entergy enough for their very generous contribution to this community," said Derby. "With this gift, Entergy has really stepped up to meet the needs of this community. We hope our friends in Windham County and beyond will respond quickly to the challenge for matching funds. One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to the Long-Term Disaster Relief fund for those impacted by the floods in Windham County."
Michael Colomb, site vice president of Entergy’s Vermont Yankee plant, said, in times like these all members of a community must come together to help family, friends and neighbors get back on their feet.
"While there’s no question the people of Vermont have the strength and perseverance to overcome the damage left by Irene, everyone can use a helping hand now and then," he said.
To make a financial donation to the United Way of Windham County’s Long-term Disaster Relief fund, visit www.unitedwaywindham.org and designate it "long-term disaster relief" or call 802-257-4011.
The deadline for donations to be matched by Entergy is Sept. 30.