Indiana’s electric cooperatives will host the third annual “Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day” Friday, Oct. 14. Thirty-three of Indiana’s electric cooperatives will complete a project that meets a specific need within their service area.
Working side-by-side, Indiana’s electric cooperatives will demonstrate one of the core cooperative principles: concern for community. More than 50 unique service projects will be completed in a single day. This initiative provides the electric cooperatives the opportunity to use their time, skills and expertise to make a positive impact throughout the state of Indiana.
“Investing in the communities we serve is at the forefront of everything we do,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day provides us with the opportunity to work in tandem toward a single goal of making an impact on our state.”
Through the 2014 and 2015 Community Day initiatives 108 projects were completed with 1,201 electric cooperative employees and directors volunteering 7,806 hours.
“A cooperative’s very reason for existing is to serve its community. Indiana’s electric cooperatives take their responsibility as trusted members of the community seriously and are committed to being a benefit to those we serve.” said VanParis.
In addition to Community Day, Indiana’s electric cooperatives are involved with philanthropic activities throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. In the spring of 2017, 14 electric cooperative linemen will return for the third time to one of the poorest areas of Guatemala to electrify a village. The “Project Indiana” crew will string miles of line, connecting poles across mountains – all without the assistance of modern equipment. Indiana’s electric cooperatives have also been a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House since 1995.
Indiana Electric Cooperatives, located in Indianapolis, represents 38 electric distribution cooperatives that serve 1.3 million Hoosiers in 89 of the state’s 92 counties. The cooperatives are collectively the second largest electricity provider in Indiana. For more information about the association, visit indianaec.org.