The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.
Bradley County groups receiving grants in April include: The Bradley Initiative for Church and Community which received a $1,000 grant; Cleveland Civitan Club was awarded a $500 grant; The Ocoee Region Fellowship of Christian Athletes obtained a $250 grant; Walker Valley High School Band Boosters accepted a $250 grant; and the Cleveland Crush garnered a $250 grant.
VECustomers Share is a nonprofit, 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 members, 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.