The directors and employees at your local, not-for-profit electric cooperative want to see the communities they serve succeed. They’re your friends and neighbors first.

Local people working for the local good. That’s the essence of the Seventh Cooperative Principle, “Concern for Community,” one of the seven guidelines that governs electric cooperative operations.

Your electric cooperative is an integral part of the area it serves, strengthening your community by doing what it does best: providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity at an affordable cost. Many different people and departments work closely together to serve you – because you, the member, are at the heart of everything your co-op does.

Your electric co-op has strong (and deep) roots in the community. It’s been in business for decades – founded by members just like you, and it’s not going to pull up stakes to pursue greener pastures elsewhere.

Unlike other types of businesses, your co-op’s concern for community sets it apart from other businesses. Supporting new jobs and industry through economic development efforts, your co-op stands as a driving force in your community. The electricity it provides literally powers your community, with every person in the co-op working together to deliver on that promise.

But the benefits your community reaps from your co-op are more than just financial. For example, your co-op may open doors for young people with scholarship programs, the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C., and teaching about electric safety through programs in schools and online. Your co-op also helps members identify ways to save money by performing home and business energy audits. And your co-op extends its reach to bring great events to you by working with other Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives to sponsor the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21 and the Rural Electric Cooperatives display at the Farm Progress Show in Boone Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Your electric cooperative also supports local charities and helps members and neighbors in need by sponsoring food drives, charity fundraisers, the RECare program and countless other events. And the people at your co-op go out of their way to serve by coaching youth sports teams, volunteering on school committees, participating in church activities and even serving in elected offices.

When it comes to your local, member-owned electric cooperative, community comes first. That’s the cooperative difference.  

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