Hundreds of linemen with Ameren Illinois and Missouri were deployed to the St. Louis metro area after storms swept through much of the region last Thursday, leaving large numbers of area residents without power.
To accommodate the influx of work crews in the area, Lindenwood University-Belleville opened its residence halls so that crewmembers had a place to stay as they worked around the clock to restore power in the region.
“This is actually the second year in a row that Ameren approached us to assist with housing their crewmembers following a severe storm,” said Dean of Students Dr. Suzy Jones. “We had the extra space to be able to make arrangements for the crews, and we were happy to assist given there was such a huge impact in this area.”
Campus President Dr. Brett Barger said Ameren and Lindenwood both have a strong commitment to community success and the two organizations regularly partner to enhance each organization’s mission.
Last year, Lindenwood Belleville was the recipient of a $40,000 Ameren Cares grant, which connects Ameren Illinois to the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. The gift will fund the construction of the Ameren Illinois Makerspace, a designated laboratory on campus where students from all programs of study can work collaboratively to create, invent, and learn.
“We’re very grateful to have an organization like Ameren involved so intimately with the communities it serves,” said Barger. “We were happy to be able to give back to an organization that has given to us and hope to continue to build partnerships in order to strengthen our communities.”