Kentucky Power awards $50,000 grant to assist low income residents

Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite presented a $50,000 AEP Foundation grant to Teresa Gullett, manager of Elderly Services for Christian Appalachian Project, at the agency’s warehouse in Paintsville.
Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite presented a $50,000 AEP Foundation grant to Teresa Gullett, manager of Elderly Services for Christian Appalachian Project, at the agency’s warehouse in Paintsville.

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2018) – Kentucky Power on Thursday presented a $50,000 American Electric Power Foundation grant to assist low income and senior customers in Eastern Kentucky.

The grant to Christian Appalachian Project will help fund the nonprofit’s Elder Housing and Family Housing programs. Both programs make home repairs or install weatherization measures to achieve safe, warm and dry living conditions for families and individuals who cannot afford repairs.

“This grant will help Christian Appalachian Project provide much needed assistance in basic home repair and weatherization for the neediest in our in the communities we serve in Eastern Kentucky,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite. “This group provides vital repairs and enhancements for hundreds of people living in substandard housing by addressing safety, accessibility and energy efficiency issues. These are immediate needs for many.”

In addition to the Christian Appalachian Project programs, Kentucky Power also assists low-income customers with weatherization through the Targeted Energy Efficiency program. This program through regional area action agencies to customers who meet income requirements.
The AEP Foundation grant to Christian Appalachian Project complements the Targeted Energy Efficiency program by offering additional projects that include weatherization, heating upgrades, window and door replacements, roofing and structural repairs other maintenance.

“Christian Appalachian Project provides services to participants on a year-round basis,” Phyllis Caudill, vice president of philanthropy for Christian Appalachian Project, said in the application. “This gift will be put to good use. We have a home repair wait list of about 560 families, and our service projects typically range from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the need.”

For more than 50 years, Christian Appalachian Project has worked in Eastern Kentucky to make a difference in the lives of children and their families, individuals with disabilities and seniors living in poverty. The nonprofit touches the lives of more than one million people each year.

The AEP Foundation is funded by AEP and its utility operating units, 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 service to approximately 168,000 customers in 20 Eastern Kentucky counties.

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