The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.7 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.
Bradley County organizations receiving grants in November include: The BLG Foundation for the Benefit of Creating Christmas Memories received a $1,000 grant; CATCH Ministry was awarded $500; Bradley/Polk Foster Adoptive Care Association collected a $500 grant; and the Bradley Central High School Cross Country Booster Club picked up a $500 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, 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.