16 Feb Empire, parent make $1.5 million donation for weatherization assistance programs
John Joines extended an open invitation Wednesday to executives from Empire District Electric Co. and its parent company, Liberty Utilities, to visit Joplin and the Economic Security Corporation any time.
“You don’t even have to bring $500,000, just bring enough to buy my dinner,” the chief executive officer of ESC joked after receiving a donation toward the organization’s weatherization assistance programs for low-income residents.
The donation was one of three made by Empire at a ceremony Wednesday, all for $500,000, totaling a $1.5 million contribution to community action agencies that, among other things, provide assistance to families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.
Swain said the longstanding relationship between Empire and operations such as ESC has resulted in $2 million in customer energy savings since 2005. Joines said that relationship has extended beyond donations such as Wednesday’s, even into things such as rate cases and increases.
Others that will share in the donation total are Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, which serves a 10 county-region in the Springfield area; and West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, which serves nine counties between Joplin and Kansas City, and east toward Lake of the Ozarks. Most all of the individuals served by the three agencies are in Empire’s service area, the company said.