AEP Foundation donates $100,000 to United Way for new community center

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The American Electric Power Foundation, on behalf of Indiana Michigan Power, announced today that it will donate funds to build a first-of-its-kind community center on South Bend’s Southeast side.

The AEP Foundation, along with United Way of St. Joseph County and other community organizations, are working to develop the Southeast Neighborhood Center, a $3.9 million center aimed at taking care of families in the community.

The center, which will be located on East Dubail Avenue and Fellows Street, will be anchored by a high-quality learning program, and will feature youth and senior programming and holistic health services.

The center will also provide local families with access to basic needs and emergency services, like early childcare and healthcare.

“Through the generosity of the AEP Foundation, we will sponsor two classrooms inside the Southeast Neighborhood Center,” said Toby Thomas, I&M President and Chief Operating Officer. “In partnership with the United Way of St. Joseph County to bring a center to South Bend, we hope to stabilize families, help graduation rates soar, and build a foundation for growth in our communities.”

“The Southeast Neighborhood Center will help families and this portion of the city thrive,” said Laura Jensen, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of St. Joseph County. “Under one-roof, families will have access to several non-profit and city organizations, wellness programs, and access to affordable childcare.”

The Southeast Neighborhood Center is expected to open in Spring 2022.

For more information on how to get involved with the Southeast Neighborhood Center, click here.

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