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Vermont Electric Cooperative Gives Back to Community

July 6, 2016

Johnson, VT- Since the fall of 2014, the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Community Fund has made grants to six local organizations in support of key projects. Memphremagog Watershed Association, Boy Scouts of America, North Country Hospital, Capstone Community Action, Birds of Vermont and North Woods Stewardship Center all received small grants from the VEC Community Fund.  The Fund has disbursed just under $3,000 to date. 

 The VEC Community Fund, adopted by the VEC Board of Directors in 2014, is intended to strengthen the community by supporting organizations that promote community development and economic security. VEC members participate by donating to the fund or “rounding up” on their electric bill to the next highest dollar amount. Currently, 299 VEC members contribute to the fund by rounding up their monthly bills.

“One of the seven Cooperative Principal’s focuses on member needs and concern for community, so VEC strives to help build a better community for our members and the state overall,” said Christine Hallquist, CEO. “Whether it’s the Boy Scouts or Birds of Vermont, all of these organizations are such a big part of Vermont, and we want to help contribute to their success”.
The VEC Community Fund grant to the North Country Hospital helped in the creation of 250 “Baby Swag Bags”. These bags are take home safety starter kits for new parents made up of safety items including a TV anti-tip strap to keep kids safe from furniture tipping accidents. 
The Boy Scouts of America received funds to help a startup program in Eden, VT that will provide Scouts with a week-long experience learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunities (merit badges included). 
“We’re very happy that our members have welcomed the opportunity to give out these grants. Without their cooperation and donations we would not be able to have a program like this,” said Hallquist.  VEC members that would like to participate in the Community Fund can find more information on the VEC website, or can call VEC at 802-635-7645.