The program, founded in October 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 December include: the Waterville Elementary School PTO, which received a $1,000 grant; Tennessee Blaze Volleyball Club was awarded a $500 grant; Bradley County 4-H collected a $500 grant; and the International Association of Community Service Chaplains accepted 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.