MIAMI (October 1, 2019) – The American Red Cross has received a generous gift of nearly $365,000 from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) through its charitable foundation, and matched employee donations that will be designated toward Hurricane Dorian and Bahamas relief efforts.
As a longstanding partner, FPL continues to work hand-in-hand with the Red Cross to help residents in Florida and beyond to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters large and small. From hurricanes to home fires, FPL has been a partner in the Red Cross mission to relieve human suffering by providing time and treasure to support our communities.
“We are so grateful to have a corporate partner like FPL who is committed to supporting our mission,” said Joanne Nowlin, South Florida region CEO. “We rely on our community partners to deliver hope and help when people need it the most, and this tremendously generous gift from FPL and their employees shows the dedication they have toward those we serve.”
As the destructive force of Hurricane Dorian became apparent, FPL made it known that the company stood at the ready to offer support by partnering with the Red Cross to help provide relief to all those impacted by this disaster. In addition, FPL employees took it a step further by giving monetary donations that FPL generously matched.
“At FPL, one of our core values is doing the right thing, and that includes helping our neighbors when they are in need,” said Irene White, FPL senior director of external affairs, Miami-Dade County. “Here in Florida, we are no stranger to hurricanes and we know the devastation they can bring. That’s why we partner with organizations like the American Red Cross whose mission is to help those in need during emergency situations. We’re happy to partner with them once again on this occasion to help Bahamians recover and rebuild.”
FPL presented the Red Cross with a check on Oct. 1 at a ceremony at the Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter office in Miami. Red Cross Board members, staff and volunteers attended. Nowlin and White spoke about the partnership and how these funds will be utilized for relief efforts.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @SFLRedCross.
About Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30% lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 %, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 9,100 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2017 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.