Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo to Announce New Community Initiative Powered by Reliant

Reliant teams up with Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo to help revitalize community gardens damaged by Winter Storm Uri

Corpus Christi, Texas – The Mayor of Corpus Christi, Paulette Guajardo, and Reliant are joining together to establish the Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program Powered by Reliant to help Corpus Christi community gardens recover from damage caused by February’s unprecedented winter weather. A press conference will take place on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, located at 2021 Agnes St., to announce the establishment of the program.

Freezing temperatures and ice during Winter Storm Uri killed many crops and damaged irrigation for these gardens, which provide fresh produce and serve to educate youth and adults on sustainable food sources and life skills. “Through a generous donation by Reliant, resources will be made available to help rebuild or establish new community gardens,” said Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo. “Providing residents with increased access to fresh foods and mitigating food insecurity in our area plays an important role in re-envisioning the health and social wellbeing of our City.”

The Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program Powered by Reliant was designed to promote health and wellness city-wide by restoring existing gardens and creating new gardens for the community to enjoy. The gardens will provide healthy foods that improve dietary habits through education and increase physical activity through garden maintenance. They also bring children and families together for quality family bonding.

“Reliant is honored to step forward and support Mayor Guajardo’s initiative to restore the city-wide community gardens following the devastating impact of the winter storm,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant. “Community gardens bring life, learning, and health to the community and strengthen our connection to the wonderful resources along the Coastal Bend. We’re looking forward to seeing the gardens flourish again.”

Helping Texans recover is a community support initiative from Reliant and parent company NRG Energy, Inc. This donation is part of the company’s $4 million commitment to address food and water shortages, temporary or damaged housing, and the overall winter storm recovery effort across Texas.

The Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program fund will be administered locally by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.

“On behalf of the city, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Reliant for their generosity. This new program is a gift to our Corpus Christi community that will significantly enhance our efforts to promote gardening city-wide while encouraging healthy living,” said Mayor Guajardo.  

Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program Powered by Reliant

The Mayor of Corpus Christi, Paulette M. Guajardo, established the Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program Powered by Reliant for community gardens in Corpus Christi that were directly impacted by severe Winter Strom Uri. Mayor Guajardo is committed to providing resources for Corpus Christi residents to make healthier lifestyle choices. For more information on Mayor Guajardo, visit and connect with her on Facebook at, on Twitter @MayorGuajardo, and on Instagram @Mayor_Paulette_Guajardo.

About Reliant, an NRG Company

Reliant powers, protects, and simplifies life by bringing electricity, security, and related services to homes and businesses across Texas. Serving customers and the community is at the core of what we do, and the company is recognized nationally for outstanding customer experience. Reliant is part of NRG, a Fortune 500 company that creates value by generating electricity and providing energy solutions to more than 3.5 million residential and commercial customers across the U.S. and Canada. NRG’s competitive residential electricity business, which includes Reliant, is one of the largest in the country. For more information about Reliant, visit and connect with Reliant on Facebook at and Twitter or Instagram @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.


Media Contact Reliant:

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Media Contact Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo:

Christian Cabazos