Recognizing that schools and student support organizations in Greenbrier County needed additional support following the flood of June 23, Invenergy contributed $10,000. The funding was awarded to support direct services to flood-impacted students through Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County ($5,000) and to Greenbrier County Schools ($5,000) to assist with the necessary cleanup and construction at flood-impacted Rupert Elementary School.
Invenergy is North America’s largest independent renewable power generation company and develops, owns, and operates power generation and energy storage facilities in North America and Europe. Locally, the company’s Beech Ridge utility-scale wind farm is located near Rupert.
“We know that many of our neighbors in Greenbrier County were impacted by June’s devastating floods and we wanted to help in whatever way we could,” said Invenergy’s Vice President of Operations – Wind, Kevin Schroeder. “We are pleased to donate to Greenbrier County Schools and Communities In Schools and to support the incredible work they do for the area’s children in need.”
Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County(CISGC) provides school-based support services to at-risk students, connecting them to resources they need to succeed and broadening their network of support in the school and the community. CISGC site coordinators provide individual case management, mentoring and tutoring programs, family engagement activities and group workshops designed to support the success of each student.
“We are so grateful for Invenergy’s generous donation to Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County. Through their donation, we will be able to meet the increased need for direct services and support to our youth who face a host of post-flood realities and challenges,” stated CISGC Director Amber McHale. “Invenergy’s support will enhance our capacity to provide the direct services and support they need to succeed in school and achieve in life.”
While funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to cover the majority of the cost of cleanup and construction at flood-damaged Rupert Elementary School, the contribution from Invenergy will help the school system with the uncovered balance for the unexpected expenses.
Superintendent Jeff Bryant stated, “School-business partnerships play such an important role in the success of our school system, our communities and most importantly our students. The support we have received from Invenergy is tremendous example of the difference these partnerships can make. Their commitment to our students and our schools is truly appreciated and we thank them immensely for assisting with recovery costs at Rupert Elementary School.”