Carthage Rotary Club Receives Community Care Fund Grant
The Carthage Rotary Club has received $1,188.24 from The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Community Care Fund program in partnership with UCEMC Cares, Inc. The money will be earmarked for needy children in the area.
The Carthage Rotary Club L-R: John Leftwich Jr, Casey Agee, Spencer Farley, Michael Overstreet, William H Adkisson, Zary Shealy, Barbara Kannapel, Julia Harris, Kevin Young, Melissa Hebert, Billy Woodard, Michael Nesbitt, Junior Nesbitt, Wesley Rigsby, Digger Poindexter, Jared Goad, and Larry T Wilkerson.
“Whatever we collect during the year, we put into an account for around 60 kids,” says Rotary Club President Wesley Rigsby. “At Christmas, we take these children shopping, and they buy clothing. This money will help us tremendously.”
Funding for UCEMC Cares, Inc., is provided by generous co-op members who choose to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar. Since UCEMC Cares, Inc. began in 2014, more than $1.7 million has been given back to community organizations. Upper Cumberland EMC General Manager and CEO Jennifer Brogdon thanked TVA for making these matching funds available. “I appreciate TVA, not only as a power provider but as a community partner, helping us match our members’ UCEMC Cares donations for worthy causes.”
TVA’s Community Care Fund was initially established to support communities across the Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic but was expanded recently to continue through 2023. “TVA and local power companies are continuing their partnership by extending the Community Care Fund program,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA Executive Vice President, and Chief External Relations Officer. “This program continues to help amplify vital work being done by non-profit organizations and is intended to help sustain and improve the quality of life in the Valley.”