The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.
Bradley County groups receiving grants in February include: The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee which received a $1,000 grant; SpiritHorse at Black Fox Therapeutic Riding was awarded a $750 grant; Royal Family Kids Camp accepted a $500 grant; Cleveland State Community College Foundation collected a $250 grant; and the Museum Center at Five Points garnered a $250 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.