Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $6,350 in grants to community service organizations in Cumberland County in May.
The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.5 million to various community-service organizations throughout VEC’s 17-county service area.
Local groups garnering grants in May include HonorAir Knoxville, Inc., which received a $2,250 grant; Grassy Cove Community Center was awarded a $1,000 grant; Fair Park Senior Center collected a $1,000 grant; Pleasant Hill Historical Society of the Cumberlands accepted a $600 grant; Pleasant Hill Spring Festival Committee garnered a $500 grant; Tennessee Shooting Stars picked up a $500 grant; and Tennessee Kidney Foundation received a $500 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 www.vec.org.