Foundation Awards $500K Grant to Hurricane Harvey First Responders

Foundation Awards $500K Grant to Hurricane Harvey First Responders

News Dec 06, 2017

Dec. 06—Eight organizations received a total of $1.1 million on Tuesday for Harvey-related projects from the Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.

The fund, created by Golden Pass LNG and administered by the Foundation for Southeast Texas, supported 10 projects in its first round of funding.

The largest grant was awarded to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas, which received $500,000 "to support 500 first responders in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties who experienced property loss due to Hurricane Harvey," according to a press release from Golden Pass Products.

The Port Arthur Education Foundation received more than $330,000 to replace materials from PAISD's Adams Elementary, destroyed textbooks for 245 Lamar State College—Port Arthur students and lost equipment including computers, uniforms and furniture at Sabine Pass ISD.

A $65,781 grant will help Family Services of Southeast Texas repair damage at the Beaumont Women and Children's Shelter, Golden Pass said.

Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County, United Way of Orange County, Salvation Army of Port Arthur, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas and the United Board of Missions also received grants to repair damages, support families and buy construction materials.

"It's always been important for us to give back to our community, and that took on new meaning in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We want to do our part to restore a strong Southeast Texas for our employees and our neighbors," Robert Bilnoski, Golden Pass LNG Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs, said.

Applications for a second round of grants will be accepted in 2018, with priority going to projects in Port Arthur and Sabine Pass.

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