Ameren Cares Program to benefit St. Louis Communities

$2.5 million initiative focused on child well-being, education and job readiness

Warner Baxter photo 
Ameren chairman, president and CEO Warner Baxter announcing the community program as Ameren VP and chief diversity officer Sharon Harvey Davis looks on.
On Oct. 3, Ameren Corporation announced a $2.5 million multifaceted initiative to support educational partnerships, economic development and energy assistance to communities in St. Louis and North St. Louis County. The new program, part of the company’s Ameren Cares initiative serving communities throughout its service territory in Missouri and Illinois, supports a variety of organizations and programs, including those related to child well-being, education and job readiness. 

  
Ameren’s contributions over a multiyear period are in the following areas: 

  
$1 Million for Education

This money will support:

  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, to help students transition to post-secondary institutions and for scholarships to underrepresented students who have a preference for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. ($500,000) 
  • Wyman Center, to support Wyman Career Connection, a program aimed at tutoring, mentoring and support services in North St. Louis County schools. This “school-to-career” pipeline serves students from middle school through college and will involve volunteer mentoring opportunities for Ameren co-workers and retirees serving as positive role models for teenagers. ($375,000) 
  • Child Care Aware, an early childhood training/coaching program to equip child care and early childhood educators to better support the emotional development and social skills of young children and those who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress. ($100,000)

  
$500,000 for Economic Development

This money will support:

  • Urban League, for its “Save Our Sons” program to provide African-American men with educational support for marketable employment skills to help them reach their full potential. ($250,000) 
  • Concordance Academy of Leadership, an expansion of the existing nonprofit Project COPE, to provide mentoring, job training, housing assistance and personal development for previously incarcerated persons so they can become productive community members. ($150,000) 
  • Florissant Valley Community College, for its Pre-Apprentice Training Program, which prepares participants for the role of Apprentice Line Worker to meet the needs of the energy industry. ($100,000) 

  
$1 Million+ for Energy Assistance

This money will support: 

Pictured above (left to right): Danny Ludeman, president and CEO of Concordance Academy of Leadership; David Hilliard, president and CEO of The Wyman Center; Thomas George, chancellor, University of Missouri–St. Louis; Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren; Sharon Harvey Davis, vice president and chief diversity officer for Ameren; Mike McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Earl Nance, Jr., chairman emeritus of Heat up St. Louis; Carol Scott, CEO of Child Care Aware of Missouri; Rich McClure, co-chair, Ferguson Commission.

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