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Ameren launches fundraising effort to help COVID-19 recovery in Missouri and Illinois

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Ameren Co. has launched the AmerenCares ‘Power of Giving’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has more than $500,000 of commitments its employees and Board of Directors in the campaign’s first two weeks. Funds will directly support nonprofit programs for COVID-19 relief across communities in Missouri and Illinois.

The campaign will run through the end of August and all funds collected will be disseminated to 10 nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 64,000-mile service territory in the states. The donations made to the ‘Power of Giving’ fund support families and businesses most severely impacted by the pandemic.

Ameren’s donations will be directed towards the following organizations:

  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks: Support for food needs, services for victims of domestic violence, educational technology improvements and emergency living expenses.
  • Dream Center: Food for families, technology for students and keeping its shelter open to those who need housing.
  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis: Large scale drive-through food and toiletry distribution for the community (including door-to-door) and leveraging the nonprofit’s St. Louis County Outreach Center as a testing site.
  • Feeding Missouri: Hunger relief through a coalition of six Missouri food banks.
  • Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation: Food for families and free COVID-19 testing.
  • Neighborhood House: Meals on Wheels for seniors and Critter Meals on Wheels for pets in need.
  • Poshard Foundation: Diapers and baby wipes, to-go meals for children and learning resources for children at home.
  • The Salvation Army Midland Division: Rent and mortgage assistance, hotline support for emotional care and food assistance.
  • Senior Services Plus: Meals on Wheels and curbside pickup for seniors.
  • United 4 Children: Supporting the early childhood industry to assist families going back to work.

Warner Baxter, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ameren Corporation, said, “While our co-workers are focused on delivering safe and reliable electricity and natural gas every day during this challenging period of time, they wanted to do more to personally assist our neighbors in need and help our communities recover from this pandemic.”