Albany Energy Fair Carol Maroni for website

Local Efforts Get Boosts from VEC Community Fund

November 6, 2019

Johnson, Vt - A dozen non-profit organizations were awarded grants from VEC’s member-supported Community Fund recently. Grants supported literacy, public safety, and addiction treatment, among other needs. 

The Community Fund is a program voluntarily funded by VEC members who round up their electric bills, from members’ donation to the fund of patronage capital dollars, as well as one-time donations. The fund makes grants to local organizations that support economic security, energy education, emergency and disaster relief, and community development.

“This round of grants underscores the great diversity of need in the community, and I’m really happy that our members are willing to support their neighbors this way,” said Charlie Van Winkle, VEC board member and chair of the Community Fund committee. “The fund is a simple and effective way VEC members can support many worthy efforts right here at home,” he said.

Here are the organizations the fund supported this quarter:

  • Albany Energy Committee for the Albany Energy Fair (VEC board member Carol Maroni represented VEC at the fair, photo above)
  • Cambridge Area Rotary to help market an event to support access to skiing and snowboarding for local students.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support the 8th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk
  • Lamoille Community House to promote an event to reduce homelessness
  • The Children’s Literacy Foundation to help hire a professional storyteller to get kids excited about reading and writing  as well as the development of a library of children’s books
  • NEK Learning to help pay for the lighting system for an early childhood center
  • Hyberbaric Vermont to support the Patient Care Fund to help provide treatment to those who cannot afford it.
  • Newport Ambulance to help with the costs of a roof for outbuildings that house oxygen equipment and ambulances.
  • Catamount Film and Arts to support performances at the Dibden Theater for the Performing Arts at Northern Vermont University-Johnson
  • Teen Challenge Vermont to assist with a residential drug and alcohol recovery center.
  • Town of Alburgh Chew Choo to boost an effort to have vendors and craft makers set up to boost the local economy.
  • Northern Vermont University to help support the 2020 Veteran’s Summit.

Applications for the Community Fund are on a rolling basis, and grants are issued quarterly. If you know an organization that could benefit from the support of the Community Fund, or you want to support the fund, you can learn more here: https://www.vermontelectric.coop/community-resources/community-fund