The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.3 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area. Local groups garnering grants in October include United Way of Bradley County: Imagination Library, which received a $1,000 grant; Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland was awarded a $1,000 grant; Bradley Central High School’s JROTC received a $500 grant; Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region accepted a $250 grant, and Crossroads of East Tennessee collected a $250 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 334-7051 or at www.vec.org.