Sempra Foundation To Donate Up To $250,000 To Support Louisiana Nonprofits Impacted By COVID-19
SAN DIEGO, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra (NYSE: SRE) today announced that the Sempra Foundation will donate up to $250,000 to help small to medium-sized nonprofits in Louisiana as they continue to serve critical needs related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
"Many nonprofit organizations are faced with unprecedented demand for their services due to the current COVID-19 situation," said Dennis V. Arriola, board chair of the Sempra Foundation, and executive vice president and group president of Sempra. "These grants will help them to continue serving the needs of vulnerable populations who need their support now more than ever."
The grants for Louisiana nonprofits will be part of a larger $1.75 million Nonprofit Hardship Fund from the Sempra Foundation that will be made available to charities in the areas of the United States where Sempra and its family of companies operate, including California, Texas and Louisiana.
"I applaud the generosity of Sempra during this challenging time for all of us," said Louisiana State Senator Mark Abraham of Lake Charles. "This is not the first time they have stepped up to help our community and I know everyone in our region appreciates this generous gift. I encourage everyone to do whatever we can big or small to help each other get through this and I am confident that by helping each other we will come back stronger than ever."
The Sempra Foundation's Nonprofit Hardship Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations serving populations affected by COVID-19. This could include, among other things: support for the increased volume of services being provided to clients, such as meals for homebound seniors; support for unexpected expenses associated with fulfilling those services; and/or support to sustain operations and services to populations impacted by COVID-19 amid pandemic-related cancellation of major fundraisers.
"It is comforting during this challenging time that the Sempra Foundation recognizes what CareHelp is doing in Southwest Louisiana to keep our food bank open and Backpack Blessing program operating," said Jody Farnum, CareHelp executive director. "This availability of these grant funds will enable us to continue serving the most impacted families in our community."
Sempra indirectly owns 50.2% of the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project, located in Hackberry, Louisiana. Cameron LNG is jointly owned by affiliates of Sempra LNG, Total, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Japan LNG Investment, LLC, a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).
Sempra LNG develops and builds natural gas liquefaction facilities and is pursuing the development of five strategically located LNG projects in North America with a goal of delivering up to 45 million tonnes per annum of clean natural gas to the largest world markets, which would make Sempra one of North America's largest developers of LNG-export infrastructure facilities.
Visit the Sempra Foundation website for information about the foundation's Nonprofit Hardship Fund, and to learn how to apply for a grant.
About the Sempra Foundation
The Sempra Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation based in San Diego. The foundation was founded by Sempra. As part of the company's commitment to investing in the communities it serves, the Sempra Foundation and Sempra employees have donated more than $100 million over the past five years.
Sempra's mission is to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company. With more than $65 billion in total assets reported in 2019, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra companies' more than 20,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to over 40 million consumers worldwide. The company is focused on the most attractive markets in North America, including California, Texas, Louisiana, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra has been consistently recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion, and sustainability, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index. The company was also named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for 2020 by Fortune Magazine.
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