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Ameren Employees Pledge $1.7 Million to United Way in 2019
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 17, 2019 - The 2019 contribution benefits more than 1,100 United Way supported agencies in Ameren's service territory, supporting United Way agencies in communities where Ameren employees live and work.

"For five decades, Ameren employees have generously donated their time and money to United Way of Greater St. Louis and to other United Way chapters across Missouri and Illinois," said Mark Birk, Ameren Missouri's senior vice president, customer and power operations, and the company's 2019 United Way campaign co-chair. "Contributing to the United Way campaign is part of Ameren's culture of caring, and we are proud to support the positive work they do every day helping our neighbors in need throughout the region."

Ameren has long been a leading contributor to the United Way campaign and is traditionally one of the St. Louis region's top corporations in terms of total contributions and the percentage of employees who give to United Way.

"We are so grateful for the Ameren leadership team and all of Ameren's employees for the continued support of our community through United Way," said Michelle Tucker, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. "Each year they exemplify the generosity of the St. Louis region by raising such a tremendous amount."

Ameren also supports several United Way leadership societies, including the Charmaine Chapman Society, de Tocqueville Society, Multicultural Leadership Society and Women's Leadership Society. Each leadership society offers unique programs and events.

Individuals may pledge a donation to United Way by visiting HelpingPeople.org/give.


Pop-up Coat Exchange at Three Transit Stops
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 13, 2019 - To help riders stay warm, Citizens for Modern Transit, the Bureau of Transit Police, Metro Transit, Metro Transit Public Safety, St. Clair County Transit District, AARP St. Louis and University of Missouri - St. Louis are partnering to host a Pop-up Coat Exchange at three transit stops.

Coat racks will be placed at the Belleville and North Hanley MetroLink Stations and North County Transit Center from Friday, Dec. 6, through Friday, Dec. 20. Riders will be encouraged to take a coat if they need one or leave any coats they wish to donate for someone who is in need.

The Pop-up Coat Exchange will feature options for men, woman and children. The assortment will vary on a daily basis and is subject to the number of coats taken versus left behind.

This effort will officially kick off with a rider appreciation event at all three locations. Representatives of the partnering organizations, will be offering cookies and hot chocolate from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Throughout the remainder of the day, the Bureau of Transit Police and Metro Transit Public Safety will be randomly distributing hats and gloves to commuters along the MetroLink alignment.

'Transit rider engagement efforts like this serve as a means to promote the benefits of taking transit, build relationships between commuters and the law enforcement patrolling the system, and demonstrate appreciation for riders," said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit.


Ice Skating Returns to Downtown St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 9, 2019 - The fourth annual Winterfest Ice Rink in Kiener Plaza opens Saturday, November 23, and invites St. Louisans and visitors to enjoy the thrills of outdoor winter sports against a backdrop of the Gateway Arch and the downtown St. Louis skyline.

Hosted by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the St. Louis Blues and presented by Bank of America and World Wide Technology, the 9-week pop-up community ice rink runs through January 26, 2020 - its longest season yet - to coincide with the 2020 NHL® All-Star Week in St. Louis.

Building on the success of the last three years, this season's festival will feature more programming, events and partnerships and will once again include the uniquely memorable experience of ice skating in the shadow of the Gateway Arch.

"We are so excited to bring Winterfest Ice Rink back to the newly renovated Kiener Plaza for an extended celebration of the holiday season and the NHL® All Star Game," said Ryan McClure, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. "We invite our neighbors, friends and out-of-town guests to lace up their skates and experience ice skating in downtown St. Louis during the most wonderful time of the year."

Winterfest Ice Rink Hours:

November 23 - December 22, 2019 & January 3 January 26, 2020:

  • Fridays: 4-8 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 12-8 p.m.
December 24, 2019 - January 1, 2020:
  • Daily: 12-8 p.m.
For a complete schedule of rink hours and special events, visit: ArchPark.org/Winterfest

WGU Missouri "Salute to Armed Forces" Scholarships
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 9, 2019 - In celebration of Veterans Day, WGU Missouri is offering $75,000 in scholarships to veterans, active-duty military, reservists and military families who are interested in furthering their education.

The WGU Missouri "Salute to Armed Forces" Scholarship can be applied to any of the online, nonprofit university's 60+ bachelor's or master's degree programs in the high-demand fields of IT, business, K-12 education, and health professions, including nursing. Applications are now being accepted through Dec. 31, 2019, at www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuition/scholarships/military-veterans/salute.html.

Each "Salute to Armed Forces Scholarship" is valued at up to $3,000 per student and will be applied at the rate of $750 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. The scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU Missouri and qualify as active-duty or retired military, U.S. military veterans, reservists, or military spouses or children. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate's academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.

"WGU has been great to work with - from enrollment while I was at army training all the way through getting my degree while working full time and serving in the armed forces," said Amon Henady, who is an active-duty member of the Missouri National Guard and graduated from WGU Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in IT - Security in September. "WGU was a great choice that I recommend to everyone who will listen, and I plan to pursue my master's from the university in the near future."


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