MURRAY — Murray Electric System has announced that it has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority to award $20,000 to Murray-Calloway County Need Line to help the local community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“The recent closure of local factories coupled with the economic insecurities stemming from COVID-19 have created a significant need for additional resources to serve the most vulnerable in our community,” said Tony Thompson, MES general manager. “We see the need, and we are working hard to do everything we can to help ease the burdens of our friends and neighbors.”
Funding from Murray Electric System’s Board of Directors of $10,000 has been matched by TVA’s COVID-19 Community Care Fund totaling a $20,000 donation to the local Need Line. The Community Care Fund was created to help local power companies meet the immediate needs in their communities by providing matching funds for local initiatives addressing hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the spirit of public power, we are honored to partner with Murray Electric System to address the unprecedented challenges facing those we serve,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “TVA has a mission of service to make life better for the people of the Valley, and providing these funds to address immediate needs is one way we can help ease the burdens on families and communities.”
Murray-Calloway County Need Line was established 46 years ago with the goal of assisting those in need within the community.
“Over the years, Need Line has evolved into a centralized source for resources, referral and information,” said Tonia Casey, Need Line director. “We provide a multitude of assistance programs to help those who are experiencing a life crisis usually as a result of unemployment, inadequate income, homelessness or illness. This donation will help Need Line meet the needs of families and individuals during this pandemic. This is a blessing to our community.”
Recipients of Need Line programs are community members who have been identified as having financial need. In 2019, Need Line provided 12,575 food distributions, 10,958 food backpacks for children and monthly groceries for 315 seniors. In addition to the help for food insecure homes, Need Line also provided 1,273 applicants with help on utilities, rent, life-sustaining medication and transportation. Cleaning supplies and hygiene products were distributed to 2,685 families.