American Electric Power Foundation donates $10,000 to Elizabeth Richardson Center

SHREVEPORT, La., April 13, 2016 – The American Electric Power Foundation has announced a $10,000 grant to the Elizabeth Richardson Center Inc. (ERC) for its work with children with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas.

The Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units, including Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), which serves approximately 116,000 customers in Arkansas.

The grant will be used to develop and monitor social-emotional skills for children with disabilities. The ERC operates five Child Development Centers in Farmington, Fayetteville, Huntsville, Springdale and Siloam Springs.

“We are pleased to present this grant to the Elizabeth Richardson Center on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Jeff Milford, SWEPCO External Affairs Manager. “The important work the center is doing has a meaningful impact every day in the lives of children and their families.”

Lynne Keller, ERC Director of Administration, said. “We are so grateful for this generous contribution from the AEP Foundation. This grant will enable us to expand our ability to serve children with developmental disabilities – especially those on the autism spectrum – throughout Northwest Arkansas.”

The ERC is a comprehensive provider of disability services for children and adults in Northwest Arkansas.  It has been operating as a non-profit organization since 1963. The Child Development Centers serve the needs of children six weeks to five years of age with developmental delays or disabilities.

The American Electric Power Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.

The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math and the environment and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Other Foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, support healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage.

The AEP Foundation is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Peter Main
SWEPCO Corporate Communications
479-973-2526 (office)