MTE Customers Care Donates $3,320 to ABLE Youth, Inc.

ABLE Youth Executive Director Rick Slaughter and Music City Marathon participants display a replica check for $3,320 donated by MTE Customers Care.

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation?s Customers Care has donated $3,320 of its Operation Round Up funds to ABLE Youth, Inc.

?The timing could not have been better as the Kids marathon has ignited an interest in track and field,? ABLE Youth Executive Director Rick Slaughter said, ?and this grant will allow us to purchase our first track chair.?

ABLE Youth?s mission is to reach and teach children in wheelchairs, ages 3 through 22, the importance of complete independence in all activities of daily living. The children are taught the ABLE way - to adapt, believe, love and enjoy life as it pertains to them.

Operation Round Up began in 2003 and has distributed more than $5.5 million into MTEMC?s communities.

The initiative ?rounds up? members? bills to the next highest dollar, with that extra change set aside for worthy causes. It is the responsibility of the Customers Care Board, which is composed of seven MTEMC members, to evaluate grant requests and send the money back to qualifying organizations.

Incoming contributions are tracked by county so the Customers Care Board can do its best to ensure money contributed by members in a certain county goes to that county. Any balances are carried over each month.

MTE Customers Care funds may not be used for political or expressly religious purposes, schools or school-related organizations.

Posted on May 16, 2012.


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