The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.3 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.
Local groups garnering grants in September include Ocoee Outreach which received a $1,000 grant, Bradley County Scottish Rite Shoe Fund was awarded a $500 grant, North Lee Elementary School PTO accepted a $250 grant, Bradley County 4-H collected a $250 grant, the Elks Foundation picked up a $250 grant, and the Cleveland State Community College Foundation received a $20 grant.
VECustomers Share is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering VEC’s 17-county service area. The foundation’s funds come from VEC members who have opted to allow VEC to round their electric bills up to the next whole dollar. VECustomers Share contributions average 50 cents per month per customer. The extra change is pooled with that of other members and distributed by the foundation’s board of directors, who all serve as volunteers.
Grant applications are available at any Volunteer Energy Cooperative Customer Service center, by calling (423) 334-7051, or at www.vec.org.