We are celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Cooperatives Commit” is the theme of this year’s celebration, when cooperatives across the nation engage in efforts to make more people aware of the advantages of the cooperative business model.
As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and communities, rather than generating returns for distant investors.
This year’s theme is right on target because co-ops commit, in so many ways, to meet the needs of their members and build stronger communities. Consider the following examples of commitment.
We help educate our members on how they can save money on their utility bills through energy efficiency programs and rebates such as Home Performance with Energy Star®. Also, Education Specialists teach students in our area schools about electrical safety and energy efficiency tips they can use at home.
Co-op Month is all about you! Boone Electric members are at the heart of everything we do. We strive to bring you the most reliable and affordable service.
We are member driven, member focused and member accountable. Your input is our impact. At our Annual Meeting, you decide the directors that help guide the cooperative. The directors guide the course of the co-op.
The seventh cooperative principle is Concern for Community. Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through employee involvement in local organizations, charitable contributions to community efforts and support for schools. The Boone Electric Community Trust has given back more than $2.6 million to the community since the Trust was established in December 1997. Boone Electric hosts a halftime shootout at six area high schools and donates $1,000 to the home school to be used at their discretion. Boone Electric also hosts Touchstone Energy Night at the Theater at Hickman, Rock Bridge and Battle High Schools. The Fine Arts Department at each school receives a $1,000 donation. In addition, three lucky audience winners compete in a trivia contest about the production, for a chance to win cash prizes.
Many employees are co-op members and live in the communities we serve. Employees volunteer at many different events throughout the year including the Boone County Fair, charity fundraisers and school activities.