The program, founded in October 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 December include Family Promise of Bradley County which received $1,000; the National Center for Youth Issues was awarded a $1,000 grant; and the Bradley County High School Wrestling Boosters Club received 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.
VECustomers Share board member Holly Neal, right, presents a grant check to Brian Stewart of Family Promise of Bradley County.
VECustomers Share board member Holly Neal, left, presents a grant check to Robert Rabon of the National Center for Youth Issues.