Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 3, 2013

VECustomers Share awards local grants


CROSSVILLE — Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $5,500 in grants to community service organizations in Cumberland County in February.

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 February include Bread of Life Rescue Mission which received a $1,000 grant; Peavine Care Center was awarded a $1,000 grant; Martin Elementary School Football Boosters scored a $500 grant; the Pleasant Hill; Historical Society of the Cumberlands accepted a $500 grant; the Martin Elementary School PTA collected a $500 grant on behalf of the school’s cross country team; Fellowship of Christian Athletes garnered a $500 grant; Crossville Rotary Club received a $500 grant; the South Cumberland Elementary School 6th Grade Field Trip Boosters were awarded a $500 grant; and Infusion Solutions accepted 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