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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – With diligent efforts, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region raised $54,948 for TVA’s COVID-19 Community Care Fund, which will assist the critical work done by nonprofit organizations to provide relief to CDE Lightband customers affected by the pandemic.

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“With the love, support and encouragement of our generous contributors, we have reached our goal! We are excited to be able to help the families affected by this pandemic. As a community, we work better together,” said Valerie Guzman, CEO of United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region

With their extraordinary generosity, Google LLC donated a $25,000 grant through their donor advised fund at Tides Foundation. In their philanthropic giving, Google LLC collectively supports the charitable mission of United Way as they tackle the aftermath of COVID-19.

“During these uncertain times, we believe it is more important than ever to give back to our local community,” said John Link, the site lead at Google’s data center in Clarksville. “Google is proud to support the efforts of United Way, as they provide relief to those in need across the Greater Clarksville region.”

Funding from Google, CDE Lightband employees and the Clarksville community will be matched by the TVA Community Care Fund, dollar for dollar up to $25,000. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help the local initiatives addressing the hardships by reducing or paying CDE Lightband utility bills.

“We are so thankful for our partnership with United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region and the generosity of TVA, Google and CDE Lightband employees to come together in a time of need,” said Brian Taylor, General Manager for CDE Lightband.

“In the spirit of public power, we are honored to partner with local power companies 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.”

Those seeking assistance with their electric bills can call or text United Way/211 at 931-648-1000. Provide your name, email address, and request an application to be sent to you.