Written by Todd Ware, President & Chief Executive Officer
As part of the cooperative business model, one of our core principles is “Concern for Community”. While our priority is to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy, we also view our role in the community as a catalyst for good.
We are purposeful in partnering with local groups such as The United Way, local foundations, and other programs. The Energy Cooperative invests in local communities where our members live and work. We award college scholarships; donate to schools and community organizations; are active in community events; and support the Operation Round Up Foundation which recently celebrated more than $3,000,000 in donations to our member communities. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of our members. You empower us to be our best.
Each time you round up a utility bill, alert us to problems, or provide suggestions to our employees, we are able to improve operations and better serve our entire membership.
We continue to explore new ways to connect with our members. We are launching a new website this month to support member engagement. Additionally, we are exploring outage notifications; text messaging options; a live chat feature on our website, and online voting capabilities for Board of Directors elections.
Our employees appreciate the countless acts of kindness they receive when working in your backyard, especially during severe weather and dangerous conditions. We are thankful for your patience and consideration as we restore power during challenging situations, or respond to emergencies.
With deep roots in the communities we serve, we strive to make our corner of the world a better place. Your membership makes this possible.