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Ameren Missouri donation helps 89 Central Missouri families with support for crisis heat assistance

COLUMBIA, MO (Oct. 4, 2018) – Ameren Missouri donated $30,000 to Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) to provide emergency energy assistance for 89 families on a limited income in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage counties in mid-Missouri. The company has partnered with several energy-assistance agencies from across its service territory to provide immediate funds to customers affected by this summer's extreme temperatures.

"Even though we just entered the fall season, we still have many customers in Central Missouri needing extra help because of the really hot summer we experienced,” said Chip Webb, Central Division Director for Ameren Missouri. "Ameren Missouri cares about the wellbeing of these most vulnerable customers. With this donation to CMCA's energy assistance program, we’ve been able to provide immediate relief to our neighbors in need.”

"When you're right on the line of being able to pay your bills or not, this funding can help a family over the hump," said Darin Preis, CMCA Executive Director. "Our members work hard on their journey toward self-reliance and this helps provide some stability."

The gift is part of the company’s multiyear, statewide program designed to help customers struggling to make ends meet due to the extreme summer heat, and lower their energy bills for the months and years to come. The donation comes from corporate earnings and is not charged to customers.

To see if they qualify for energy assistance funds, Ameren Missouri customers can:

  • Contact Heat-Up St. Louis and Heat-Up Missouri online by visiting heatupstlouis.org and heatupmissouri.org for immediate crisis energy assistance.
  • Contact their local weatherization agency or the United Way at 2-1-1 for new weatherization support and sustainability program assistance. 

Customers can also learn more about Ameren's Energy Outreach program and other energy assistance resources by visiting AmerenMissouri.com/energyassistance.

About Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

For further information: Ameren Missouri Communications, 314.554.2182, missouricommunications@ameren.com