Posted on March 30, 2020

El Paso Electric Donates $30,000 to Community Foundations for COVID-19 Response, Relief

PRESS RELEASE: March 30, 2020

El Paso Electric Donates $30,000 to Community Foundations for COVID-19 Response, Relief

El Paso, TEXAS To support our region during this pandemic, El Paso Electric announces a $30,000 donation to the COVID-19 response funds created by the El Paso Community Foundation, the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. Each foundation will receive $10,000.

“While COVID-19 continues to alter our daily lives, our dedicated and hardworking employees remain committed to providing safe and reliable energy as our region comes together to mitigate the impacts of this virus,” shares EPE Interim CEO Adrian J. Rodriguez. “As the provider of electricity for West Texas and southern New Mexico that powers hospitals and health care facilities, government entities, emergency response centers and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, we fully recognize the philanthropic role in supporting crisis response efforts for the communities we serve.”

“The Paso del Norte Community Foundation is incredibly grateful for the generous contribution El Paso Electric has made to the COVID-19 Fund,” states Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation.  “El Paso Electric is a tremendous community partner and as they have done many times before, they’re demonstrating philanthropic leadership and helping to support some of the most vulnerable populations during this stressful and challenging time for everyone in our community.”

In response to the growing financial need throughout southern New Mexico, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico and United Way of Southwest New Mexico have initiated an inaugural joint fund that will support nonprofit organizations within this region.

“Our community – locally and abroad – is facing a level of adversity that is nearly unmeasured by any previous world-wide event, which is why our response as a people needs to be united and powerful,” shares Amanda Morales, executive director for United Way of Southwest New Mexico.

“For the first time in each of our organizations’ history, we have partnered to create the ‘not-for-profit emergency fund’ to amplify our support across southern New Mexico,” said Terra V. Winter PhD, president and CEO for the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. “El Paso Electric’s donation to the fund provides the philanthropic leadership our community needs to help overcome this adversity.”

EPE will also be matching 50% of all monetary contributions made by the utility’s employees to the community foundation of their choice.