AmerenUE today announced that the company is donating about 200 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and $5,000 to Rebuilding Together – St. Louis, a nonprofit that revitalizes neighborhoods in partnership with the community by rehabilitating the houses of low-income homeowners.
On April 19, National Rebuilding Together Day, about 2,500 volunteers, including some Ameren employees, will volunteer to repair seven homes for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in the inner city.
“We greatly appreciate UE’s financial support, but it’s even more significant that they’ve donated the CFLs, because they’ll be going to a population that otherwise probably wouldn’t buy them because of their higher price,” says Laura Hurt of Rebuilding Together—St. Louis. “And when they realize that they last up to ten times longer than ordinary bulbs and can help lower their energy bills, hopefully they’ll buy more of them in the future.”
During National Rebuilding Together Day, 110 local homeowners will receive assistance. Repairs to these homes help improve neighborhoods and alleviate the burden of costs on elderly or disabled homeowners who may already struggle with their finances. Repairs often result in fewer falls for the homeowner, increased safety and security, and a sense of pride in one’s home.
UE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Ameren companies serve 2.4 million electric customers and one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together – St. Louis is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods by rehabilitating the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled, so that they may continue to live independently in comfort and safety. All materials and services are provided at no cost to the homeowner. Rebuilding Together – St. Louis also rebuilds community centers, playgrounds and other community projects. For more information on becoming a volunteer or sponsor, call 314-918-9918 or visit www.rebuildingtogether-stl.org.
CONTACT: Tim Fox of AmerenUE, 314.554.3120