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Donation to Heat Up St. Louis serves those in need throughout St. Louis region

The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) provided some warmth to the region’s needy this winter.

Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, IFMA St. Louis presented a check for $1,000 to Heat Up St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, avoid illnesses and deaths during the area’s bitter winter season. IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Cool Down St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents cool during the hot summer months.

Dennis Jenkerson, fire chief for the City of St. Louis and Heat Up St. Louis board member, accepted the donation. He underscored the importance of helping others by relating a recent story of a family’s home destroyed by a house fire. Unfortunately, the family needed space heaters to keep their home warm. Heat Up St. Louis works to help those in need avoid such tragedies, he noted.

IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs for the past five years. The nonprofit organization helps defray the cost of energy to heat and cool residences, serving more than 300,000 area residents since the programs’ inception in 2000.