NRG Energy pledges $2M to help those on front lines of COVID-19 effort

By Emily Bader
Princeton | Apr 2, 2020 at 6:15 am

NRG Energy announced on Wednesday efforts to help those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The Princeton-based power company said it has committed to donating $2 million in cash and to support first responders, local community-based charitable organizations and teachers. The company is also allocating funds toward the NRG Employee Relief Fund, which is used to assist employees adversely impacted by natural disasters and other events.

“From the start of this pandemic, our priority has been to protect the health and safety of our employees, while also fulfilling our commitment to safely provide reliable electricity to our customers,” NRG CEO and President Mauricio Gutierrez said. “Now, we are expanding our focus to support those on the front lines who are providing crucial services to our communities, businesses and families.”

NRG’s initiatives will include:

  • Funding to first responders for safety supplies, including personal protective equipment, apparel and air-purifying respirators;
  • Donations to the community and small businesses in locations where it operates;
  • Funding to teachers through DonorsChoose.org.

“Our hearts and support are with everyone working to address the impacts of COVID-19,” Gutierrez said. “NRG is committed to serving the communities where we live and work, and as a community, we will get through this.”

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader