Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 28, 2013

VECustomers Share awards $5K in grants


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

The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.6 million to various community-service organizations throughout VEC’s 17-county service area. Approximately $800,000 of that total has been donated to Cumberland County organizations.

Local groups garnering grants in September include Sonshine Soup Kitchen, $1,000; Cumberland County TAD Center, $1,000; Homestead United Methodist Church Food Pantry, $1,000; Roane State Community College Cumberland Business Incubator, $1,000; and Pleasant Hill Football Boosters, $1,000.

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