The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.1 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.
Local groups garnering grants in May include Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Bradley County received a $1,000 grant; the Cleveland Lions Club was awarded a $1,000 grant; Elks Lodge #1944 garnered a $750 grant; and the Calhoun Elementary School Cheerleader Boosters received a $750 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.