ASHLAND, Ky., July 23, 2020 – Kentucky Power on Wednesday announced a $75,000 gift to CAReS. The grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and Kentucky Power will go toward the Home Efficiency and Longevity Program (HELP).
HELP is a program that provides weatherization services to owner-occupied homes located in Boyd County, Kentucky. The program actually offers a variety of services such as installing furnaces, and upgrading internal electrical systems.
CARes is collaborating with the City of Ashland and Northeast Kentucky Community Action to select five families in the Boyd County area to receive assistance through the program.
“So many of our families struggle just to make ends meet and home repairs are just out of reach,” said Lynn Childers, executive director-CAReS. “If the furnace goes out they turn to other means of heating. This can drive utility costs up and they then turn to agencies such as CAReS or LIHEAP to help pay the added cost. HELP will not only assist with ending the struggle, but ultimately lead to family stability.”
The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by AEP and its utility operating companies, including Kentucky Power. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education in science, technology, engineering, math and the environment and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger.
Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, provides electric service to approximately 165,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties, including Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Rowan. Kentucky Power is an operating company in the AEP system, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system. AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.