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$2,500 in grants awarded

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Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program recently awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations.

Groups collecting grants in May include South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Station 3, which received a $1,500 grant; Roane County Youth Leadership was awarded a $500 grant; and Roane County Imagination Library/Mid-East Community Action Agency collected a $500 grant.

VECustomers Share is a nonprofit, 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.