Local groups receiving grants include Cleveland Crush which received $500; White Oak Longbeards awarded $500; Bradley Central High School Family and Community Careers Leaders of America collected $300; and Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council accepted a $100 grant.
The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.9 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.
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.