CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT) is donating $100,000 to the coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts in Iowa and Wisconsin through its foundation. The immediate support will benefit non-profit organizations and directly assist community needs in response to the crisis. These efforts support Alliant Energy’s core value of safety and assures the well-being of customers, employees and communities.
“Our employees are working diligently to continue safe and reliable operations and working to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis for our customers and the communities they live in. But we want to do more,” said John Larsen, Chairman, President and CEO of Alliant Energy. “We are providing immediate support to organizations that help our customers and communities in these unsettling times, especially those most vulnerable.”
Alliant Energy worked with non-profit partners to understand needs of the communities and determine what support is most critical. Donations were the top need of the communities.
“We are committed to the health and safety of our customers and the communities they live in,” said David de Leon, President of Alliant Energy in Wisconsin. “We understand how this crisis is impacting our communities, and we want to help.”
The contributions will directly help several non-profits in Iowa and Wisconsin. Alliant Energy will continue to monitor the needs of communities as the situation changes.
Feeding America Food Banks
The Alliant Energy Foundation will donate $70,000 to be shared between six food banks in Iowa and Wisconsin, with $35,000 to each state. Food banks play a critical role to provide hundreds of partner agencies with the immediate support they need to help the most vulnerable communities and customers. This includes emergency food boxes, mobile drive-thru pantry support and filling gaps usually provided by school lunch programs.
American Red Cross in Iowa and Wisconsin
A $20,000 donation will support the emergency response fund of the American Red Cross in Iowa and Wisconsin, with $10,000 going to each state. The coronavirus outbreak has increased the need for blood. This donation will benefit the organizations as the country experiences a national blood shortage.
A $10,000 donation will support organizations providing food and other critical services in specific communities. Also, when Alliant Energy employees and retirees donate to their local relief efforts, the Alliant Energy Foundation will match their gifts up to $3,500 this year.
“This support is coming at a critical time,” said Michelle Orge, President and CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. “We’re being challenged to work in new ways and maintain the food and health safety of our clients. We’re grateful for partners like the Alliant Energy Foundation who are stepping up.”
Alliant Energy continues to serve customers and provide reliable service during the outbreak while monitoring new information from government officials and organizations.
“We are being proactive to ensure the safety of our communities and customers and the well-being of our employees,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “We know this situation is changing quickly, and we are acting rapidly to support our communities.”
Alliant Energy has activated the company’s comprehensive pandemic emergency plan. Several changes have been made to work practices that include maintaining a social distance of at least six feet and the use of gloves when entering your home or business. Non-essential work is postponed, and Alliant Energy remains focused on all activities that continue to provide safe and reliable operations.