Meeting Basic Needs
The COVID pandemic created unprecedented need for families who depend on local organizations for healthy food and safe housing while the organizations found themselves stretched beyond capacity. Approximately $4 million in emergency grants from the AEP Foundation provided some relief to struggling communities.
A $50,000 grant from the Foundation helped the United Way of Central Ohio establish the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. United Way partner agencies received a portion of the funds to provide direct services to those in need.
Similarly, Kentucky Power donated $50,000 to the Team Kentucky Fund to assist Kentuckians who sustained significant income losses during the pandemic. The funds aided families in paying rent, mortgages and utility bills.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma used AEP Foundation grants to support various organizations in the state. Among those receiving emergency COVID-19 grants were Western Oklahoma Family Care Center ($2,500) which helps citizens through no-charge medical and dental care and educational activities; St. Jude’s Helping Center in McAlester ($2,500) which provides food and clothing to those in need; and Community Action Resource and Development ($5,000) whose primary purpose is to administer anti-poverty programs in northeastern Oklahoma.