Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 4, 2013

VECustomers Share awards $5,400 in grants


CROSSVILLE — Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $5,400 in grants to community service organizations in Cumberland County in January.

The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.4 million to various community-service organizations throughout VEC’s 17-county service area.

Local groups garnering grants in January include Mission Teens, Inc., of Crossville Mission Bible Training Center which received a $1,500 grant; Fair Park Senior Center was awarded a $1,500 grant; Homestead Elementary School PTO accepted a $1,000 grant; Cumberland County High School’s Health Occupations Students of America obtained a $500 grant; Cumberland County 4-H garnered a $500 grant; and the Visually Impaired Support Group of Cumberland County received a $400 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