NV Energy, the NV Energy Foundation and NV Energy employees donated nearly $5 million in financial and in-kind donations, which included 13,700 volunteer hours, to 259 Nevada nonprofit organizations in 2020, according to a Feb. 18 press release from the utility company.
“The NV Energy Foundation made pandemic response and recovery its primary focus in 2020, providing more than $2 million to 91 nonprofit organizations that provide emergency financial assistance, address food insecurity, drive workforce development, provide access to safe and affordable housing, offer education and social and emotional support for youth, create access to healthcare and offer energy assistance,” according to the release.
Some of those nonprofits included HopeLink of Southern Nevada, Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Communities In Schools Nevada, J4NG, Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties, Domestic Violence Resource Center, Volunteers of America, United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra.
“Our customers were among the hardest hit in the nation by the impacts of COVID-19 and we wanted to support them, and the community, in a meaningful way,” Tony Sanchez, NV Energy Executive Vice President of Business Development and External Affairs, said in a statement. “Our Foundation strategy complemented the other actions we took as a company to help our customers, including waiving disconnections for customers financially impacted by the pandemic and making our energy assistance program available to more customers. We will continue to seek opportunities to aid in our customers’ and Nevada’s economic recovery.”
NV Energy and its foundation also donated $1 million to 85 nonprofit organizations that advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Nevada in 2020. Examples include the University of Nevada, Reno African Diaspora Program, Uplift Foundation of Nevada, Paralyzed Veterans of American Nevada Chapter, Silver State Equality, Leaders in Training and the Immigrant Home Foundation, among others.
“NV Energy has long supported organizations that promote equity and inclusion for Nevada’s diverse communities,” said Sanchez. “Events of this past year have brought this commitment into greater focus and we will continue to seek opportunities to support organizations and causes to empower us and our communities to be solutions-oriented and take greater action on social justice.”