Every year, thousands of families struggle to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. For many in the low-income category there is the LIHEAP program, but for others who make a little too much for the help, there is a new program offered through Ameren called "Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends."

Through the Warm Neighbors Cool Friends program, the Energy Assistance Foundation provides year-round bill payment assistance and home weatherization to make harsh winters and hot summers bearable. Sue Sams, the director at the Foundation and the administer of Warm Neighbor, Cool Friends, says to take advantage of the program, there are a few criteria you must meet. First and foremost, you must be a homeowner and be able to prove it.

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Those who would typically benefit from the program include elderly neighbors on a fixed income, families coping with a job loss, and single parents struggling to make ends meet. If you would like to donate to the program, you can do so through the Energy Assistance Foundation. Students at Hartford Elementary School recently completed a fundraiser, and donated the proceeds to the program. To learn more about participating, call 1-888-690-5700.