As some of you might know, cooperatives across the globe adhere to the same seven cooperative principles that guide all of our decisions — from how we run the co-op, to how we engage with our local communities. Concern for community is the seventh principle, and it is one that all employees of Southern Indiana Power value year-round. But during this unexpected year, concern for community seems especially important.
Electric cooperatives have a proud history of giving back. Every October, we have a Community Day during which cooperative employees give back to the communities we serve by working on various projects throughout our service territory. We also work alongside our local Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations to lend support where it is needed. You can find many of our employees volunteering on their own time at our local churches, coaching youth sports, as well as volunteering with various clubs and organizations.
Southern Indiana Power members help us give back, too. Through Operation Round Up, members can round up their energy bills to the next dollar amount, and the extra change goes toward helping those in need, right here in our community.
Our commitment is also global. We have sent lineworkers overseas so they can help bring power to thousands of people who have never experienced the benefits of electricity.
So many families go without on a daily basis and struggle to make ends meet. This struggle can be especially hard during seasons of difficulty.
There are many ways you can give back to the community that go beyond dollar donations. Take some time to go through your closets and find clothes that no longer fit or have lost their use. Bag those items up and take them to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or church clothing drive. Volunteer for a local food or toy drive, deliver meals to the sick and the elderly or simply make a meal for a neighbor in need.
No matter how great or small the act, every time we give back, we strengthen our community. So take the time to give back — you’ll be glad you did.