Ameren Helps Cool Down St. Louis – 500 A/Cs

1 Jun

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Ameren Helps Cool Down St. Louis – 500 A/Cs

Last year, the St. Louis region experienced days of life-threatening heat. As part of the annual Cool Down S.O.S. (Save Our Seniors) Air Conditioner project, Ameren Missouri recently donated 500 window air conditioners to Cooldownstlouis.org, a regional not-for-profit public education and resource charity, which will distribute them to physically disabled and elderly Ameren Missouri customers throughout eastern Missouri. Ameren also donated $25,000 for utility grants to qualified area residents at risk.
“We’re fortunate to have Cooldownstlouis.org as a dedicated and proven partner leading this initiative. Over the years, we have formed a productive partnership that aims to keep people cool and safe during the hot summer months,” said Michael Moehn, president, Ameren Missouri.” We also appreciate the charity’s endorsement of many of our customer service programs, such as our budget billing program, which help neighbors maintain an affordable monthly utility bill.”
Eligible recipients (seniors and people with physically disabilities only) will be selected by Cooldownstlouis.org and its partner agencies, which uses age and certain medical circumstances to determine qualification for air-conditioners. However, utility assistance this summer also is based also on income eligibility. Please visit the www.cooldownstlouis.org website or call the organization’s automated hotline at 1-314-241-7668. Funds are available on a first-come basis to those who qualify.
“This is a shining example of local leaders coming together with the private sector to make a difference for our community,” said Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt and board member of Cooldownstlouis.org. “The Save our Seniors (S.O.S) program unveiled will be an effective tool to combat heat-related illnesses.”
The annual giveaway is supported by Commissioner Scott T. Rupp of the Missouri Public Service Commission and also Cooldownstlouis.org board officials: Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt; St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson; St. Louis County Executive Steve V. Stenger; St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann; St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, who also represents the Greater St. Louis Area Fire Chiefs Association; Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr., board emeritus; and Michael P. McMillan, president/CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
“The fact is, some people consider air conditioning to be an almost unaffordable option. To help take the “heat” off summer cooling bills, Cooldownstlouis.org also encourages the use of budget billing, said St. Louis County Executive Steve V. Stenger and honorary board chair of Cooldownstlouis.org. “For those who have air conditioning units, we urge you to properly maintain them, which will save you money and maximize your home cooling.” argusjump photo
Along with donating valued at about $100,000 in 500 energy efficient window units, and utility assistance, Ameren Missouri also provided critically important maintenance instructions with each unit, including Cooldownstlouis.org cooling tips and outreach assistance cards.
“Cooldownstlouis.org, plays a critical safety net role in our region, along with its dynamic consortium of first-responders, social service partners, regional leaders, churches, and good corporate citizens, like Ameren Missouri,” said St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, and honorary co-chair.”  “Our SOS project is ambitious because it provides public awareness, utility assistance grants and thanks to Ameren, life-lines with new air-conditioners.”  Mayor Krewson also insisted that the public check on their most vulnerable neighbors this summer, to avoid heat-related illnesses, etc.
As part of the Cooldownstlouis.org S.O.S. project, officials are reminding other area corporations and the public that they too can donate a new or slightly used air conditioner (no less than two years old) to the regional charity by dropping off a unit at any Vatterott College campus. More information and locations are available at Cooldownstlouis.org.
“The Ameren/Cooldownstlouis.org S.O.S. (Save Our Seniors) program is desperately needed,” said Michael P. McMillan, President/CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and executive board of Cooldownstlouis.org. “It also takes a village to check on our area elderly and physically disabled neighbors, during the St. Louis region’s unforgiven humid summer days.”
The Clergy Coalition of Metropolitan St. Louis; City/County human services, area fire departments and health departments have been asked to distribute informational cooling card tips to thousands of area residents who are also seeking utility assistance, as part of the S.O.S. outreach.
“At its core, Cooldownstlouis.org saves lives during summer months. Our S.O.S. (Save our Seniors) is an effective network that connects,” said Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, a member of the Greater St. Louis Area Fire Chiefs Association.
Last year, Cooldownstlouis.org distributed about 1,200 donated air conditioners thanks to Ameren Missouri and the public through Vatterott, etc. Since its inception however, the all-volunteer summer charity has distributed more than 11,500 units.
“We work feverishly to keep our precious seniors and physically disabled neighbors, alive and well, each summer,” said Cooldownstlouis.org’s chair emeritus the Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr.  “Checking on your neighbors also ensures that we have no fatalities this summer. I’m pleading with bi-state area residents who can, please donate today, as we prepare to fight the oppressive and dangerous forthcoming St. Louis heat.” Donations can also be sent to Cool Down St. Louis, c/o of UMB Bank, P.O. Box 868, St. Louis, MO 63188,
The public can also donate in MO/IL a new or slightly used A/C window units, no more than 2 years old. You can receive a tax-deduction, when you drop-off, a unit off at any Vatterott campus.

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