By the community, for the community

October is National Co-op Month

Posted on Sep 29 2019 in Orange County REMC
General Manager/CEO

When you think of October, pumpkins, Halloween and beautiful fall foliage naturally come to mind. But October is notable for another reason – it’s National Co-op Month! This is the time of year when cooperatives across the country, including Orange County REMC, celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve. 

Cooperatives are different than other types of businesses. When the market declines to offer a product or service, or does so at a very high price, co-ops intervene to fill the need. 

Similar to how Orange County REMC was built by members who came together to bring electricity to our community, cooperatives are conveners for the common good. Your electric co-op exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, the members of the co-op. Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve. This is precisely the reason we have worked so hard to make high-speed internet access a reality as we continue to build our subsidiary, Orange County Fiber. 

As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed. Orange County REMC’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our board of directors, who helps set long-term priorities for the co-op, lives locally on co-op lines. These board members have been elected to the position by neighbors like you. 

We know our members (that’s you!) have a valuable perspective. That’s why we are continually seeking your input. Whether through community events, our social media channels or the annual meeting, we want to hear from you. 

Another feature that sets our co-op apart from a traditional utility is one of our core principles, “Concern for Community.” We partner with local organizations through Operation Round Up to help local civic groups and school programs to have access to funds to improve our community. We participate in the Indiana Youth Tour, during which we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C., for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action, and sponsor younger students who want to experience Touchstone Energy Camp for a unique hands-on educational event. 

Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs. 

We hope you will think of Orange County REMC as more than your energy provider, but instead as a local business that supports this community and powers economic development and prosperity for the people. 

We will continue to learn from our members about their priorities so that we can better serve you – because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community.