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Dream Center Peoria receives $25,000 grant from Ameren Illinois

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May 14, 2018
A $25,000 grant from Ameren Illinois will help ensure that more area youth can participate in Dream Center Peoria after school programs. The funds were utilized by Dream Center to
purchase a bus to transport additional young people to and from the facility in downtown Peoria.

"We have a saying at the Dream Center: 'find a need and fill it'", said Andy King, Executive Director of Dream Center Peoria. "With this generous grant, Ameren Illinois is filling a big need for the youth in our community."

Each day, more than 70 youth are shuttled to the Dream Center Peoria from schools around the area. Once at the Dream Center, they engage in activities – business, the trades, arts, and athletics – to help them be productive and learn life lessons. The 24 seat bus means even more kids will have access to the Center's programs.

Richard Mark, chairman and president of Ameren Illinois, said Dream Center Peoria was selected for a grant because King and his team consistently demonstrate that they put funds directly into programming and resources that help the people that need help the most.

"This is an organization that delivers results," said Mark. "Whether it's giving away thousands of backpacks and school supplies to area kids, providing shelter for the homeless, or offering prom dresses to girls who otherwise can't afford them, they are creative in finding real solutions that make a difference in people's lives. We're glad we were able to step up and assist them in obtaining reliable transportation to ensure that the kids can safely get the services they need."

"I want to express my sincere gratitude to Richard Mark, Ameren CEO Warner Baxter, and the Ameren Board of Directors for this gift," said King. "Ameren is a community leader and their confidence in Dream Center Peoria means the world to our team and everyone we're blessed to assist."

This grant was announced during Ameren's annual Shareholde Meeting held in Peoria last week.

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