By the community, for the community

October is National Co-op Month

Posted on Sep 27 2019 in Harrison REMC

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 Harrison REMC, celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve.   

Similar to how Harrison 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. 

As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed. Harrison REMC’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our directors, who help set long-term priorities for the co-op, live 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.

We are always looking for better ways to serve members. This year, we launched our new outage text alert program which provides members a quick and convenient way to stay connected and informed during a power outage. And, this coming year, members will have the option of taking part in our prepaid metering program.  

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 like Repair Affair, Habitat for Humanity and other worthy programs. We participate in 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. 

Ultimately, the entire 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 Harrison 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.