Reliant Gives to Donate $100,000 to Texas Nonprofit This Holiday Season

Reliant’s crowdsourced charitable-giving program, Reliant Gives, kicks off this holiday season of rebuilding in Texas in a big way. Now in its fifth campaign and the first after Hurricane Harvey, Reliant Gives provides the public with a unique opportunity to give back through the simple click of a mouse.

Online voting begins November 27 and is an easy way for people to support organizations that continue to provide assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. During the holiday season, charities across the state are tasked with providing an increase in resources, and for them, this Reliant Gives campaign could be the most important yet.

“The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has illuminated the strength and resilience of the Texas spirit. Now, more than ever, Texas-based charities of all sizes have shown their unwavering passion and dedication to the communities they serve,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “Reliant Gives is empowering three organizations that have proven to be ‘Texas Strong’ during this season of recovery and rebuilding.”

Reliant employees nominated and selected these three Texas nonprofits as finalists for the chance to receive a $100,000 donation.

The three finalists are:

  • Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, or the House of Hope for Children, is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. The Houston-based nonprofit provides residential care and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.
  • Kids’ Meals delivers free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest pre-school aged children, and through collaboration, provides their families with resources to help end the cycle of poverty. Kids' Meals is a first-responder to children ages five years old and younger facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty.
  • Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs until each is adopted into a responsible home while advocating for humane values and behavior. The Dallas-based shelter never turns an animal away and has saved the lives of nearly 90,000 homeless animals since 1976.

This Reliant Gives campaign is just one more way Reliant is lighting the holidays in Texas this year. Online voting opens Monday, November 27, at noon (12 p.m.) CT and runs through Sunday, December 3, at midnight (11:59 p.m.) CT, with the results announced Tuesday, December 5. The public can cast their vote for one of the three nonprofits an unlimited number of times by visiting The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive a $100,000 donation, and the other two nonprofits will receive $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, based on the number of votes they earn.

To date, Reliant Gives has donated nearly $500,000 to 12 deserving nonprofits between spring 2016 and spring 2017, positively impacting nearly 125,000 lives.

About Reliant, an NRG company

Reliant powers, protects and simplifies life by bringing electricity, smart energy solutions, residential services and security to homes and businesses across Texas. Serving customers and the community is at the core of what we do. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 500 company that creates value through best-in-class operations and reliable and efficient electric generation. Backed by a diverse portfolio of power generating facilities, NRG’s retail companies, including Reliant, power almost 3 million customers in 10 states and the District of Columbia. NRG retail brands collectively are the largest providers of electricity in Texas. For more information about Reliant, please visit and connect with Reliant on Facebook at and Twitter @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.