Springfield Electric and TVA Partner to Deliver Additional $20,000 in COVID-19 Assistance
Springfield, TN ― Springfield Electric is proud to announce their partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to award $20,000 to United Way of Greater Nashville through TVA’s Community Care Fund program to assist the community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The partnership initiative gives local power companies the opportunity to identify organizations or local initiatives for which they can seek matching funds from TVA.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created hardships for many Springfield families,” said, Steve Sax, utility director of Springfield Electric. “As folks start their transition back to normal life, these funds will help them throughout that process. United Way will be using the donation for their 211 Helpline, which provides invaluable support to families right here in the Springfield Electric service area. We appreciate our partnership with TVA on this opportunity and look forward to seeing the multiple ways our community will benefit from it.”
TVA launched the Community Care Fund in April 2020 to help address hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the initiative’s first six months, it has provided support to 344 nonprofits and community programs across the TVA service territory, totaling a combined $4.7 million in assistance. In addition to Springfield Electric, 136 other power companies have participated in the program, resulting in TVA announcing it will double its total commitment to $4 million in matching funds.
“As part of our mission of service, TVA is an active partner with local power companies to help address the challenges families and businesses are facing today,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “The Community Care Fund is a great demonstration of how public power benefits the people of the Tennessee Valley as we translate strong company performance into dollars for relief across the communities we serve.”
The Community Care Fund is part of a broader effort by TVA and local power companies to support communities with resources, programs, and assistance and reinforce the strength of public power in the Tennessee Valley.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
For additional information, please contact Jessica Thoms, energy services advisor for Springfield Electric, or visit springfieldtn.gov/electric.