Gov. Proclaims Electric Co-op Day, We Celebrate w/Service Projects
SCI REMC employees volunteer at Churches in Mission & YMCA
Indiana’s electric cooperatives will host the fourth annual “Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day” Friday, Oct. 13. Twenty-nine 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. Nearly 60 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 Maura Giles, manager of cooperative relations at South Central Indiana REMC. “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.”
Each individual cooperative will focus on a need in its community. SCI REMC employees will be painting, cleaning, sorting items, and more at Morgan County’s Churches in Mission facility and Barbara B. Jordan YMCA.
In the first three years of the initiative, 165 projects were completed with 1,988 electric cooperative employees and directors volunteering 13,407 hours.
“A cooperative’s very reason for existing is to serve its community. SCI REMC takes our responsibility as trusted members of the community seriously and are committed to being a benefit to those we serve,” said Giles.
In addition to Community Day, Indiana’s electric cooperatives are involved with philanthropic activities throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. In March 2017, 16 electric cooperative linemen returned for the third time to one of the poorest areas of Guatemala to electrify a village. The “Project Indiana” crew electrified 60 homes, a school, a church and a clinic with 31 miles of line – all without the assistance of modern equipment. Indiana’s electric cooperatives have also been a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House since 1995.