Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority, has awarded $43,000 in grants so far this year, to organizations working to assist our communities during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Half of the total was donated by SVECares, the “round-up” program funded by donations from participating SVEC members. The matching funds were donated through TVA’s Community Care Fund.
“As part of our mission of service, SVEC is dedicated to giving back to our communities,” said President/CEO Mike Partin. “This year, we have seen so many people and businesses affected by the pandemic. The grants provided by SVECares and TVA, give organizations and charities the extra help they need this year to assist more individuals and families.”
TVA launched the Community Care Fund in April of 2020 to address hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first six months of the initiative it has provided assistance to 344 nonprofits and community programs across the TVA service area, totaling a combined $4.7 million in assistance.
SVECares is a voluntary round-up program that uses donations from rounding up members’ monthly electric bill, an average of $6 a year. Proceeds help cancer patients in our communities, volunteer fire departments, food banks and many more. Thanks to SVEC members’ generosity, since 2000, over $2.9 million has been given back to SVEC communities.
SVECares and the TVA Community Care Fund have awarded the following grants in the SVEC service area:
• $ 5,000 — Sequachee Valley Community Kitchen
• $ 2,000 — Morton Memorial UMC Food Bank
• $ 1,000 — Omni Outreach
• $12,000 — Multi County Cancer Support Network
• $10,000 — Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network
• $ 2,000 — First Southern Baptist Church Food Bank
• $ 2,000 — Sequatchie County Fellowship of Churches Food Bank
• $ 2,000 — Grundy County Food Bank
• $ 3,000 — Marion County Chamber of Commerce (business grants)
• $ 4,000 — Smiles, Inc. Dental Clinic