Community involvement and corporate giving have long been a hallmark of Entergy's corporate philosophy. And this tradition continues, bolstered by the participation of many Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station employees in charitable, sports and civic events demonstrating their commitment to the community.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station employees led by Team Captain Donna Heisler have participated in the Plymouth American Cancer Society Relay for Life for ten, consecutive years winning many awards along the way and raising many thousands of dollars for this important community fundraiser. In 2011, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station "Power Walkers" team received the Relay's Platinum award.
Entergy is sponsoring two Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station teams (Entergy Isotopes and Entergy Engineers) in the annual Run of the Charles River canoe race, an important non-profit environmental watershed program.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station continues to align itself with educational partners, continuing its stead-fast commitment to the Plymouth High Schools' robotics programs and partnering with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
For the past couple of years, Entergy's Chiltonville Training Center has served as a rest stop for over 1,800 cyclists on the first day of a two-day, 150 mile trek from Quincy to Provincetown. The ride raises awareness and funds for the New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station employees not only host the stopover, but also participate in this important community event.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station again hosted its annual United Way Campaign and Entergy matched Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station employee charitable donations, dollar for dollar.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's chapters of Women in Nuclear (WIN) and our North American-Young Generation (NA-YGN) had another productive year. Together, these chapters conducted a "Fly the Flag" campaign that involved selling American flags as a fundraiser to support outreach programs, in particular our soldiers serving overseas; conducted a Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station campaign to raise funds as part of a Japan relief effort; hosted a Thanksgiving Day food drive; and sponsored a Christmas Toys for Tots campaign supporting Children's Cove in Hyannis, a center for abused children as well as a Winter clothing donation campaign.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's Community Support Committee funded more than $200,000 in open grants and charitable donations to many local organizations in Plymouth and surrounding communities, including Cape Cod. Among the organizations supported, not only through Entergy donations, but also through the dedication and volunteerism of many of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's employees, include:
In addition to Entergy's commitment as a good corporate neighbor, we are also make a major economic contribution to the community through the 650 employees at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station who not only work at the plant, but also live in Plymouth and its surrounding communities. Entergy contributes $10 million dollars in annual tax payments to the Town of Plymouth; $2.5 million in local and state offsite emergency preparedness support; owns 1,600 acres of protected forestland in Plymouth; and provides 680 megawatts of safe, clean, reliable electricity to the ISO New England grid, enough to power about 680,000 homes.