News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 28, 2013

Vectren Corp. awards $2.3 million in grants


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Vectren Corp. has announced that it awarded more than $2.3 million in 2012 through the Vectren Foundation and corporate contributions. Vectren employees also contributed more than 25,000 hours of community volunteer time.

The Vectren Foundation awards grants to initiatives that promote community revitalization, growth and development; promote energy conservation and environmental stewardship; and advance primary, secondary, post-secondary and civic education.

“By awarding grants that align with our Foundation’s focus, and working directly with our communities, there is a greater opportunity to become a catalyst for lasting improvements,” said Brad Ellsworth, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana North. “We will also continue to invest more Foundation dollars in supporting nonprofit organizations through energy efficiency-related grants in order to help them or their clients lower energy costs.”

Nearly three of every five Vectren employees participated in the 2012 annual United Way fundraising campaign, pledging more than a $500,000. Seventy-five percent of those donations were pledged to agencies in counties with poverty rates above the state’s average.

Some of the grants featured in the 2012 report include:

n Elevate Ventures: Seen as a critical economic driver, Elevate Ventures is expanding its program to connect startup companies to investment capital and strategic management consultants throughout southern Indiana.

n Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity: provides affordable housing for a local family.

n The Nature Conservancy: an effort to improve water quality, protect aquatic wildlife and reduce the amount of waste around the Wabash River and its tributaries.

Annually, Vectren supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in achieving its goals and mission of assisting residents throughout Indiana and Ohio.

To review the 2012 report and a complete listing of recipients or to apply for a grant, visit www.vec

trenfoundation.org.

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Vectren is offering live online chat and Twitter as ways for customers to communicate with the company. The online chat allows a customer to chat directly with a customer service specialist between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Vectren’s customer service Twitter feed, @VectrenIndiana, will be staffed for customer support between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.  

To access online chat, visit the “contact us” section on www.vectren.com. To use Vectren’s customer service Twitter option, follow @VectrenIndiana.

Through the online chat feature, customers have access to account information, similar to a traditional phone call. The customer service Twitter feed is intended for more general requests or questions. The Twitter account will also regularly issue energy tips and gas safety reminders. and other service-related topics or promotions.