Connecting with Communities Through Stewardship and Support
St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation’s community relations extends beyond just providing
Ameren Corporation customers with safe, reliable energy and service. Contributing more than
(NYSE: AEE) is among $6.3 million to organizations in 2008 alone, Ameren strives to provide
the nation’s largest support in the communities its utility companies serve throughout Illinois
investor-owned electric and Missouri.
and gas utilities, with
approx. $24 billion
in assets. Human and Health Services
For those who struggle to pay their bills, finding affordable services and other support is
The largest electric essential – especially during economic downturns. Ameren has a long history of funding
utility in Missouri initiatives that improve access to human services.
and the second Ameren provides energy assistance through a number of programs including Dollar More
largest in Illinois, and Warm Neighbors, where customers make monthly contributions with their utility bills to
Ameren companies help those in need. Energy Plus grants provide non-profit organizations materials and funds
to help low-income families, senior citizens and disabled people heat or cool their homes
services to 2.4 million
The Illinois rate relief programs are part of a $1 billion agreement that provides bill
electric and nearly payment assistance and addresses the special needs of eligible low-income customers, senior
one million natural citizens, small businesses, non-profit organizations and customers with unique hardships. Most
gas customers of these rate relief programs will end in 2009, but four programs will continue into 2010. Visit
throughout its entire www.ameren.com/Rate Relief/ for details.
64,000 square mile Programs offered for low-income customers in Missouri include funding for weatherization,
air conditioner donations to area assistance agencies, information on how to stay safe in
summer heat, third-party notification and the Clean Slate program. Clean Slate, a $3 million
2009 initiative, helped AmerenUE electric and natural gas residential customers eliminate
current and past due bills and get a fresh start on handling their utility payments.
Ameren has also been a long-standing supporter of the United Way, an organization
providing help and human services to those in need. Employees pledged over $1.8 million in
the company’s 2008 campaign; Ameren remains one of the most generous contributors of any
company in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. In addition, Ameren also earned the corporate
trophy award for work on the United Way Merit Division Corporate Campaign, which solicits
donations from other corporations.
The company has also worked to improve access to affordable health care and create
greater efficiencies in health care systems, reducing the cost of care to our customers.
Programs and organizations the company supports include the American Heart Association’s
sheet Go Red for Women Campaign, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the American Lung
Leading the Way to a Secure Energy Future
Association, St. Jude Telethon, Centers for Prevention of Abuse, Easter Seals Society – UCP of Central Illinois and the Variety
Club, to name a few.
The company has made substantial grants to hospitals in its companies’ service areas to improve access to care and fund
capital campaigns, allowing expansion of facilities, the purchase of needed equipment and support for patients and their families.
Youth and Education
Give youth a solid foundation of quality education and their opportunities are endless. Ameren strongly supports educational
institutions through mentoring programs, scholarships, direct contributions, volunteer tutoring and partnerships that involve
working with students to develop their skills. Here is a sampling of the many programs Ameren supports to build educational
• Energy Education – Ameren offers a range of materials to help youth understand energy – where it comes from, how to
stay safe and how to conserve it to keep futures looking bright. Just by visiting www.ameren.com/education, children from
preschool to high school can learn to be safe when around power lines and know the signs of a natural gas leak. With help
from Louie the Lightning Bug®, the electrical safety “spokesbug,” and Sniffy the Sniffasaurus®, the natural gas safety
mascot, children can hear important messages about being safe through games, lesson plans, coloring and activity books
and visits from the mascots themselves. To date, both Louie and Sniffy have appeared at hundreds of events.
Ameren has also partnered with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) by presenting live theatrical shows to
hundreds of schools across the company’s service area for free, by request, on a first-come, first-served basis. In Missouri,
NTC offers a show about renewable energy. In Illinois, NTC teaches students the importance of using energy more wisely
in their homes.
• Scholarships – Among other programs, Ameren offers scholarships for those students turning to an engineering or
skilled trades background for their degrees. Available in Illinois, the Ameren Illinois Scholarship offers $2,500 yearly to
a minority graduating high school senior, accepted to a 2- or 4-year college in the United States. In Missouri, $130,000 in
scholarship funding is provided to help cover tuition, books and fees for the engineering technologies program at St. Louis
Community College’s Florissant Valley Campus. The program provides $1,000 per semester, with up to 10 scholarships
available each year.
• Partnering with Institutions – AmerenUE is currently working with technical schools in St. Louis city and county to
prepare students to enter the workforce. Students will receive pre-employment testing tutorials, behavioral interview
skills and assistance in resume writing to put them on a solid career path – often at AmerenUE. This program is also part
of a range of outreach efforts to mentor and develop promising students, while also reaching out to individuals who have
skills but have recently lost jobs. Along with technical schools, AmerenUE set up a six-week lineman apprenticeship
pilot program at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley Campus to better prepare candidates for the applicant
screening process. The company supports the Nuclear Technology Program at Linn State Technical College, which offers
degrees in the nuclear energy field.
AmerenCILCO’s Adopt-A-School Program provides technical assistance and in-kind contributions to address specific
student needs in the communities it serves. More than 30 AmerenCILCO employees are mentors to help students build
self-esteem, set personal and career goals and succeed academically. AmerenCILCO also sponsors College YES! - Youth
Education Scholarships – benefiting current and future students at Manual High School in Peoria. Fifteen to 20 high
school sophomores at Manual are selected and participate in a variety of activities aimed at promoting academic and
social integration to encourage students to achieve their goals (graduation from high school, college and job placement).
• Funding - Ameren continues to fund many programs and organizations that are dedicated to supporting the health
and vitality of our youth – our future customers – in the communities we serve. These organizations include Junior
Achievement, Mathews-Dickey and Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Clubs, Partners in Education and the YMCA. The
company also provided almost $850,000 in grants to colleges and universities by matching employee contributions.
Sponsorships, Community Outreach and Volunteerism
Through sponsorships, the Ameren companies continue to support events that make living in our communities more
enjoyable. Some of these sponsorships include Fair Saint Louis, Christmas in St. Louis, The St. Louis Zoo, the Illinois State
Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair.
Ameren provides speakers on a variety of topics to schools, community groups and civic organizations within the service
area. The selected speakers are experienced employees who volunteer for this community service.
The company also offers two grant programs for employees who are volunteers for non-profit organizations. The VIP
(Volunteers Involved in Programs) Fund provides grants to non-profit organizations in, or near, our service area where at
least one full-time, active employee is a volunteer. The volunteer does not have to be directly involved with the funded
project. The TEAMS Fund provides grants to service area non-profit organizations for special projects in which at least three
employees are actively involved. Since the 1982 launch of VIP and 1992 inception of TEAMS, these grant programs have
contributed more than $1 million to not-for-profit agencies within the service area.
Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust
The Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust was established (originally as the Union Electric Charitable Trust) in 1944 to serve
as the principal source of the company’s investments in community projects in areas we serve. The trust began with $360,000
and now distributes several million dollars annually.
Gifts are restricted to tax-exempt, non-profit organizations within Ameren companies’ Missouri and Illinois service areas.
The trust supports organizations involved with educational institutions and programs, civic and cultural organizations, youth
activities, senior programs, and social services. The trust provides no support for religious, political, fraternal or veterans’
organizations. The trust provides no grants to individuals, or for endowments or social purposes; no in-kind donations of
electric or natural gas service; and no loans.
For more information on Ameren’s community relations, visit www.ameren.com/community/.