October is an important month for our co-op because this is the month when cooperatives across the country celebrate National Co-op Month. This year’s theme is “By the Community, For the Community.” October is set aside as a time for us to reflect on who we are and more importantly, the members we serve.
You and Your Neighbors ARE Our Cooperative
Our cooperative was built by members who came together to bring electricity to our community. Our electric co-op exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, the members of the co-op and to enrich the lives of the members we serve.
As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed, and our employees live right here in the community. Our board of directors, who helps set long-term priorities for the co-op, live locally on co-op lines. These board members have been elected to the position by neighbors like you.
We know our members (that’s you!) have a valuable perspective. That’s why we are continually seeking your input. Whether through community events, our social media channels or the annual meeting, we want to hear from you.
How Our Community Benefits From Your Cooperative Membership
Our close connection to the community ensures we get a first-hand perspective on local priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments. Co-ops across Iowa are committed to advocating for rural access to high-speed broadband, community solar programs, equipment and technology upgrades and electric vehicle programs.
Another feature that sets our co-op apart from a traditional utility is one of our core principles,“Concern for Community”. We partner with local organizations and other worthy programs through charitable giving and volunteer efforts. We offer electric safety programs throughout our community, provide scholarships to area youth, and are deeply involved with community and economic development projects.
Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.
We hope you will think of your co-op as more than your energy provider, but instead as a local business that supports this community and powers economic development and prosperity for the people.
We will continue to learn from our members about their priorities so that we can better serve you – because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community.