Abingdon, Va. (WVVA) - The Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia COVID-19 Relief Fund announces they are the recipient of an American Electric Power Foundation grant (AEP Foundation). The grant will be used to support citizens and communities in the Appalachian Power service territory in Southwest Virginia and Tennessee.
Both immediate and long-term, these efforts will focus response efforts on vulnerable populations, including children, families, and the ALICE population in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. ALICE, an acronym coined by United Way that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed represents men, women, and families who work hard and earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living.
The American Electric Power Foundation announced earlier this week that they have donated a total of $288,000 to agencies providing COVID-19 relief efforts across Appalachian Power’s three-state service area of Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. The gift is part of an overall $1.5 million coronavirus relief donation from the AEP Foundation.
“These are challenging and uncertain times for all of us,” said Chris Beam, Appalachian Power president and COO. “With the Foundation’s help, we’re able to partner with agencies in our communities to identify and reach our customers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.”
“We are committed to joining forces to help our communities with long-term recovery efforts following this global pandemic,” stated Danelle Glasscock, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Kingsport. “As a region, we are so thankful for the donors who have stepped up to help the individuals in our service areas overcome this difficult time.”
Travis Staton, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, stated, “Uncertain times like these are often the most critical for our region. Unfortunately, so many individuals in our communities will be affected by this pandemic both financially and economically.”
Staton said, “We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership with AEP and Appalachian Power. We truly are stronger together as a region, and thank them for helping those affected by COVID-19 in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.”