Paraquad, a nonprofit organization empowering people with disabilities, presented Ameren Corporation with its 2014 Shine the Light Award during a ceremony Nov. 6 at The Chase Park Plaza. The annual awards ceremony is designed to "shine the light" on St. Louis-area businesses and organizations whose actions and policies exemplify the goal of promoting a fully accessible community for people with disabilities.
Ameren was recognized for efforts to increase the equality of access and opportunity for people with mobility, hearing, vision and cognitive disabilities in St. Louis.
Ameren gives encouragement to individuals with disabilities through a number of events on job shadowing, hands-on career exploration and employment opportunities. Ameren’s PCAA - Powering Connections for All Abilities employee resource group - is dedicated to making a difference through training and developing employees on disability cultural understanding, mentoring and community service.
"Ameren has and continues to be focused on promoting a fully accessible community for individuals of all abilities,” said Dennis Weisenborn, vice president of Safety and Supply Services at Ameren. "Through countless sponsorships, recruitment efforts, donations and events, Ameren is living a corporate culture of accessibility and opportunity at work and in the communities we live in and serve."
Founded in 1970, Paraquad is the leading disability services provider in the St. Louis region. One of the oldest Centers for Independent Living in the country, Paraquad’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to increase their independence through choice and opportunity. A key focus is to make St. Louis more accessible for all people by advocating, building awareness and delivering comprehensive services.
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 delivery and transmission service as well as natural gas delivery service while Ameren Missouri provides vertically integrated electric service, with generating capacity of 10,300 megawatts, and natural gas delivery service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops regional electric transmission projects. Follow the company on Twitter @AmerenCorp. For more information, visit Ameren.com.