For as long as CenterPoint Energy has been in business, our commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others has shaped not only what we do, but also how we do it.
CenterPoint Energy recognizes that our success, as well as the success of our customers, neighbors and stakeholders, is connected to the vibrancy of our communities.
We seek to improve the areas we serve by supporting programs that strengthen relationships, improve quality of life, and promote inclusion to help communities thrive. We are committed to supporting all students having the opportunities and tools they need to succeed academically, explore potential careers and be equipped to enter the workforce.
We collaborate with our employees, elected officials, regulators, community and civic leaders, and neighbors in the communities we serve to assess areas of need. That is why we focus our charitable investments, volunteerism and other community-based activities on the nonprofit organizations and causes in our giving pillars.
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SOCIAL IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS
- Complete Communities Initiative | $2.8 million An initiative of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Complete Communities seeks to improve the quality of life of under-resourced neighborhoods in the city of Houston. The CenterPoint Energy Foundation supported three projects in 2021 in Acres Home and Sunnyside, as well as home weatherization throughout all of the Complete Communities.
- The Nature Conservancy and The Arbor Day Foundation Environmental Grants | $1 million contribution ($500,000 to each organization) Reinforcing the company’s Net Zero goals, the CenterPoint Energy Foundation announced grants to The Nature Conservancy and The Arbor Day Foundation to support restoration of the Mississippi River and provide environmental education and tree plantings to elementary school students throughout the company’s service territory.
- Downtown Evansville Community Development Corporation | $1 million CenterPoint Energy Square A vacant block in the heart of Downtown Evansville will be transformed into a park and housing project with funding from the CenterPoint Energy Foundation.
- Winter Storm Relief | $1.765 million As the greater Houston area responded to Winter Storm Uri, the CenterPoint Energy Foundation stepped up to contribute $1 million to the Relief Fund and worked with the Houston Food Bank and Kids Meals to replace food lost during the storm. Additional funding went to support organizations in Galveston and other communities in our service territory.
Supporting Ukrainian Refugees
The refugee crisis unfolding in Ukraine has captured the world’s attention. To help support this humanitarian crisis, the CenterPoint Energy Foundation is providing an increased match of $2 for every $1 that employees contribute through CenterPoint Energy Foundation’s Easy Match program.