The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.6 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.
Bradley County groups receiving grants in July include: the American Red Cross of Bradley County which received a grant of $1,050; the Cleveland Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol was awarded $1,000; Cleveland/Bradley County Keep America Beautiful picked up a $500 grant; and the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber Foundation garnered a $200 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.