Funds will support the purchase of complete wardrobes for underprivileged school children.
Harrisburg, Ill. – The Fowler Bonan Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to support the purchase of complete, new wardrobes for 50 underprivileged children.
“We are thrilled that Ameren Illinois deemed our “Clothes for Kids” program worthy of their sizable contribution,” foundation Chairman, Dale Fowler said. “We very much appreciate their corporate support for our mission to clothe underprivileged kids here in southern Illinois.”
The grant from Ameren will help provide new clothing including: jeans, shirts, socks, underwear, jackets and coats, to children based on referrals from area schools, completely free of charge. School administrators have reported that students exhibit increased self-esteem and an improved learning environment after receiving these services.
“Ameren Illinois’ grant to us will fund complete wardrobes for approximately fifty children,” Fowler added. “That’s huge. We value our new partnership with Ameren Illinois.”
The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Richard Mark, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois, said a key focus of this program is to partner with volunteer organizations like the Fowler Bonan Foundation to improve the quality of life in Ameren Illinois’ service territory.
“Ameren Illinois is proud to partner with organizations like the Fowler-Bonan Foundation that are dedicated to enhancing the communities where we work and live,” said Eric Kozak, Director Division VI, Ameren Illinois. “Through this partnership, we are able to support their efforts and help to provide new wardrobes for children in need.”
Tina Gibbs, Community Relations Coordinator Division VI, Ameren Illinois, echoed those sentiments.
“Dale and the entire board of directors of the Fowler-Bonan Foundation do an incredible job of helping kids in our area,” said Gibbs. “We’re proud to partner with them in helping the kids of the communities we live and work in.”
For more information on the Fowler Bonan Foundation, visit FowlerBonanFoundation.com or call 618-231-3904.