Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 20, 2013

VECustomers Share awards $5,000 in local grants


CROSSVILLE — Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $5,000 in grants to community service organizations in Cumberland County in November.

The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.7 million to various community-service organizations throughout VEC’s 17-county service area.

Local groups garnering grants in November include Bread of Life Rescue Mission, which received a $1,000 grant; the Visually Impaired Support Group of Cumberland County was awarded a $1,000 grant; Christmas on the Mountain collected a $1,000 grant; Cumberland County High School Cheer Boosters picked up a $511 grant; the Stone Memorial High School DECA Club accepted a $500 grant; the South Cumberland Elementary School Garden Club garnered a $500 grant; and CASA of Cumberland County received a $489 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 (423) 334-7051, or at

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