Wow, what a flurry of grant applications we received for the first quarter!
We are excited to share with you that the Southwest Members Care (SMC) charity round-up program awarded 23 grants totaling $76,747 with an additional $10,000 from the Tennessee Valley Authority in matching funds to four of these organizations to help them supply food to those hit hardest by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations received $5,000 each: Estes Church of Christ food pantry, Bread of Life Food Pantry, Brighton Baptist Church food pantry and 911 Gives through Aire Serv Heating and Air.
This made a grand total of $86,747 given to charitable organizations in our community for the first quarter of 2020 — all because you, our Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation members, care enough to donate your spare change to effect community change.
As a reminder: The SMC program rounds up members’ electric bills to the next dollar. The average contribution per member is about 50 cents per account per month. Contributions range from 1 cent to 99 cents per month. For each account, members contribute from 12 cents to $11.88 for an entire year. Such a small act of kindness adds up to big contributions for organizations in our community.
If your organization would like to apply for a grant, please visit our website for guidelines and an application. The deadline for the next grant applications is Sept. 30.
Following is a list of the 23 grants that were awarded for the first quarter of 2020. For more information about the Southwest Members Care program and to find a grant application, visit our website, www.stemc.com.