Springfield NAACP Receives Donation from Ameren Illinois

Springfield NAACP Receives Donation from Ameren Illinois

Springfield, Ill (Aug. 19, 2013) The Springfield National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) received a $4,000 grant from Ameren Illinois that will be used to sponsor the organization’s trip to Washington, DC for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Teresa Haley, president, Springfield NAACP, said almost 50 people will make the journey to Washington, DC to remember and celebrate the pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement.

“Many of us remember hearing our parents and grandparents talk about being at the March on Washington in 1963. We are excited to participate in the historical 50th anniversary march and become part of this history as well,” Haley said. “Around 20 youth will be with us so we can expose them to a part of history and show them positive ways to be involved. It will be an overwhelming and joyous experience that would not have been possible without the support from Ameren Illinois.”

The grant was made through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Richard J. Mark, president and CEO, Ameren Illinois, was pleased to support such a valuable cause.

“Ameren Illinois is proud to support organizations that improve the quality of life within the communities we work and live,” Mark said. “As a company that is committed to promoting a workplace of inclusion, we understand the importance and significance of the March on Washington. That is why we are happy to contribute to this once in a lifetime event that will promote equality and understanding.”

Ameren Illinois is a company rich in diversity. The company has received several awards for its commitment to workplace diversity including recognition as a Top 7 utility by DiversityInc; a Top 25 ranking in the nation by the Association of Diversity Councils, and ranked 31st among the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in the country by G.I. Jobs magazine.

This spring, Ameren Illinois awarded two business development scholarships to the Minority Business Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. The recipients where from a woman-owned construction company and a minority, women-owned construction company who do business with Ameren Illinois.

About Ameren Illinois

Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 806,000 natural gas customers in Illinois, and our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally-responsible manner. Our service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com or find us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois.

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