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. On this day, 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 Foundation 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. Along the way, they braved uncertain weather and terrifying mountain roads. With limited resources at their disposal, they often had to improvise to finish the backbreaking work. In the end, they transformed the lives of a thousand Guatemalans and, in the process, were transformed themselves. The hour-long documentary Power to the People, produced by Indianapolis Public Television Station WFYI, highlights this project. Emmy-winning producers Diane Willis and Jim Simmons, along with photojournalists Vincent Manganello and Chris Elberfeld, spent four weeks in Guatemala with the team. The stunning, high-definition production captures the poignancy, humor and inspiration of this humanitarian initiative of Indiana’s electric cooperatives.
Follow the 2015 Project Indiana trip to Guatemala with daily photo and blog updates.
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 2006. The philanthropic efforts of the IEC annual meeting have donated much-needed supplies and over $74,000 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.