At the September 2021 VEC Customers Share Board meeting, local organizations in Rhea and Bledsoe Counties were awarded $2,000 in grants.

Organizations receiving funds included Critterz ($1,000) and Rhea of Hope Mobile Food Pantry ($1,000).

VEC Customers Share was founded in October 2001 and has donated more than $7.3 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

VECustomers Share is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization. The foundation’s funds come from VEC members who have opted to round their electric bills up to the next whole dollar. VEC Customers Share individual customer contributions average a little more than $5.00 per year. The extra change is collected monthly and distributed by a volunteer board of directors representing each service area

Grant applications are available at any Volunteer Energy Cooperative Customer Service center by calling (423) 334-7051 or at www.vec.org/community-programs/vecustomers-share.