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Mended Hearts Chapter 127 Receives Community Care Fund Grant

 Chapter 127 of Mended Hearts, based in Cookeville, has received $2,600 in matching funds from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Community Care Fund program in partnership with UCEMC Cares, Inc. The money will furnish Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to organizations in Smith, Putnam, and Jackson counties.

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L-R: Billy Harris with EMS in Cookeville receives an AED from Blanche Smithers, President of Chapter 227, Mended Hearts.

“This grant means another non-profit in the Upper Cumberland Area will receive an AED from Mended Hearts,” says Blanche Smithers, President of Chapter 127. We thank UCEMC Cares, Inc., and the Tennessee Valley Authority Community Care Fund for this grant. Since 2004, we have given 212 AEDs to the Upper Cumberland area.”

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/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.”

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  • UCEMC Communications

    The Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) is an electric power distribution cooperative. UCEMC is owned and operated by its members and distributes electric power through more than 4,600 miles of lines to more than 50,000 members located primarily in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and Smith Counties and northern DeKalb County. Several members are served in “fringe” areas of Clay, Fentress, Macon, Pickett, White, and Wilson Counties.

UCEMC


UCEMC Communications

The Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) is an electric power distribution cooperative. UCEMC is owned and operated by its members and distributes electric power through more than 4,600 miles of lines to more than 50,000 members located primarily in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and Smith Counties and northern DeKalb County. Several members are served in “fringe” areas of Clay, Fentress, Macon, Pickett, White, and Wilson Counties.

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