Middle Tennessee Electric recently launched a new charitable foundation called SharingChange. The foundation gives members the opportunity to easily give to local charitable organizations.
The move streamlines the cooperative's charitable efforts and gives members more options on how they can contribute to their communities.
"Over the last 13 year, Middle Tennessee Electric members have donated more than $8 million to over 550 local nonprofit organizations in the four-county service area served by MTEMC," said Chris Jones, MTEMC president. "Every penny that members donate, 100 percent, goes back to those communities through local charitable organizations."
A highlight of the new program is the different ways to give. Members can now round up their bill to the nearest dollar, or they can add a fixed amount to each monthly bill, or they can do both.
"We recognized over the years, these were additional options our members wanted in their charitable giving," Jones said. "For pennies each month, the collective impact on our communities is significant."
Averaging about $6 per year, the rounding of the bill is the easiest option, according to MTEMC. If a member's bill is $48.50, the bill is rounded up to $49, and that 50 cents is contributed to SharingChange.
"For much less than a cup of coffee a month, our members are changing the lives of their neighbors," Jones added.
Past grant recipients and their programs included helping fulfill medical needs of local senior citizens, student scholarships, helping control the pet population and funding local veterans; programs designed to help build camaraderie and find productive, safe ways to deal with conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.
To learn more, visit www.SharingChange.org.