Bright Side: Ameren donates $25,000 to abuse prevention

By WEEK Producer

March 19, 2014 Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Efforts to end domestic violence in central Illinois are getting a big boost from Ameren Illinois.

On Wednesday, the utility company presented $25,000 check to the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The money will be used to expand the center’s work in local schools and daycare centers.

It is estimated the Center for Prevention of Abuse has helped nearly 20,000 students learn how to keep their bodies safe and build healthy relationships.

"So it means that donations from Ameren, from the public from our Duck Race, all those kinds of things come in together to make sure that we can provide this kind of programming,” said Center Executive Director Martha Herm.

According to the Center for Prevention of Abuse more than 5,000 women, men and children affected by violence and abuse are served by the agency each year.

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