Wednesday, April 17, 2024

AEP Foundation Grants $250,000 to Ronald McDonald House for Shreveport/Bossier Facility

by BIZ Magazine

In a momentous announcement, the American Electric Power Foundation (AEP Foundation) has bestowed a substantial grant of $250,000 upon Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas & North Louisiana. This generous funding will play a pivotal role in the establishment of the first-ever Ronald McDonald House in Shreveport/Bossier, providing invaluable support to families navigating the challenges of caring for critically ill children.

The official announcement and an exclusive preview of the facility’s design unfolded at a press conference held on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. The event took place at the SWEPCO Business Center, located on the 2nd floor at 428 Travis St., Shreveport, LA 71101.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas & North Louisiana has been a steadfast pillar of support for families with critically ill children since 1981. The forthcoming facility in Shreveport/Bossier, slated to open in early 2025, will serve as a haven for families undergoing medical treatment at local hospitals.

The AEP Foundation’s substantial grant underscores its unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on communities and enhancing lives. This financial support will be instrumental in ensuring that families facing the challenges of caring for critically ill children have access to a supportive and comforting environment during their medical journeys.

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a key partner in the initiative, joined the press conference to announce the AEP Foundation award. SWEPCO, an AEP company, is dedicated to delivering safe, reliable, and affordable power to communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

The press conference not only highlighted the significant financial support from the AEP Foundation but also provided a compelling glimpse of the envisioned facility. The event emphasized the collaborative efforts undertaken to create a haven for families during challenging times.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas & North Louisiana

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas & North Louisiana is a locally funded and operated non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to providing a home away from home for families of critically ill children. Since 1981, the organization has served over 48,000 families at the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock, Arkansas. The forthcoming Ronald McDonald House in Shreveport/Bossier is anticipated to open its doors in early 2025 and is projected to accommodate over 21,000 guests in its first year.

For more information, visit rmhcar-nla.org.

About American Electric Power Foundation (AEP Foundation)

The American Electric Power Foundation, funded by American Electric Power (AEP) and its subsidiaries, serves as a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education, meeting basic needs, and championing social justice, among other areas.

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)

SWEPCO, an AEP company, delivers safe, reliable, and affordable power to over half a million homes and businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. With a commitment to community improvement and sustainability, SWEPCO works to build grid resiliency and support workforce development.

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