ST. LOUIS, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameren employees and its Board of Directors came together to donate more than $800,000 for the AmerenCares "Power of Giving" COVID-19 Community Response Fund, which will help people who have been severely impacted by the pandemic.
The funds will be allocated to 10 nonprofit organizations serving customers throughout the company's 64,000-mile service territory in Missouri and Illinois.
Ameren launched the fundraising effort in June. Donations directly support a variety of needs among customers and businesses, from providing food and other basic necessities for families to ensuring childcare centers have proper cleaning supplies to reopen.
"COVID-19 has significantly impacted our customers and families in the communities we serve," said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ameren Corporation. "In keeping with our mission to power the quality of life, our co-workers and board members chose to step-up in a big way and personally make an impact in the communities where we serve. These funds will help those with significant needs during this unprecedented period of time."
The Power of Giving fund is one of many ways Ameren has rallied to help customers weather the challenges that have come with COVID-19. Throughout the past several months, the company provided $14 million in energy assistance funds for customers in Illinois and Missouri experiencing hardship. The Ameren Corporate Charitable Trust has also donated $2 million to nonprofit COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts on top of the funds raised through the Power of Giving campaign.
Ameren's $800,000 in contributions will benefit the following nonprofit organizations' COVID-19 relief and response efforts in Missouri and Illinois:
Ameren co-workers served as donor advisors to help the St. Louis Community Foundation determine where the Power of Giving funds would be distributed. The Foundation connects corporate and individual philanthropic resources and focus areas with regional needs to create a more equitable and vibrant St. Louis community.
"Partnering with Ameren on the Power of Giving fund has allowed the St. Louis Community Foundation to honor and advance Ameren employees' generosity," said Amelia Bond, president and CEO of the St. Louis Community Foundation. "We are confident that Ameren donor advisors and employees are supporting organizations that will ensure the neediest families and communities obtain the help they desperately need during this time of crisis."
About Ameren Corporation
St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric transmission and distribution service and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Missouri provides electric service generation, transmission and distribution services, as well as, natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops, owns and operates rate-regulated electric transmission projects. For more information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenCorp, Facebook.com/AmerenCorp, or LinkedIn.com/company/Ameren.
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