IEC is committed to the communities we serve, and we are involved with philanthropic activities throughout Indiana and beyond. Below you can find information about our most recent community activities and philanthropy, and how we’re using these projects to help create a better world.
Indiana Electric Cooperatives Community Day
Indiana Electric Cooperatives Community Day provides an opportunity for Indiana’s electric cooperatives to work collectively toward making a positive impact on our great state. Each year on the second Friday of October, each of Indiana’s electric cooperatives is asked to determine a need within its service area. Then, we have employees work as a team to complete the project in that particular area. The day provides an opportunity to focus on the good work electric cooperatives do in their communities while raising awareness about Indiana’s electric cooperatives. And it also gives us a chance to provide extra value to the communities we serve.
Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow
In the summer of 2011, Indiana Electric Cooperatives announced one of the largest international endeavors undertaken by electric cooperatives across the US. For the project, a volunteer team of 28 linemen, two cooperative executives and IEC staff worked with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Program to bring electricity to remote villages in Guatemala. Over a four-week period, the volunteers and team worked with villagers to erect poles at the precipice of steep drop-offs, running cable through jungle gorges.
By 2015, the vision grew into Project Indiana and sustainable change — movng beyond electrifying villages to making them a better place to live and enhancing the community — just as happened more than 80 years ago when the electric cooperatives first brought electricity to rural Indiana.
Through Project Indiana, the electric cooperatives are empowering global communities one village at a time. And, we know it all begins with electricity — access to better health care, fresh drinking water, expanded educational opportunities, economic development and increased public safety.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana has been providing a supportive home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children since 1982. Indiana Electric Cooperatives has been a proud supporter since 1995. The philanthropic efforts of the IEC annual meeting have donated much-needed supplies and over $182,000 to help show our support for their noble mission. The needs of the house may change, but our focus will always be to ensure the Indiana Ronald McDonald House can assist Hoosier families for many years to come.