Giving back to our community

Posted on Nov 04 2020 in Southeastern Indiana REMC

Over the years, you’ve probably heard or read about Southeastern Indiana REMC’s concern for our community. This is one of the core principles that sets cooperatives apart from other types of utilities and businesses. We’ve always taken this mission and responsibility to heart. It’s who we are as a co-op. 

Over the past few months, like so many of you, we’ve risen to meet new challenges and strengthen the safety net for our community, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made numerous adjustments to programs and operations to maintain business continuity while staying focused on the bigger mission of helping our consumer-members during this turbulent time. 

Now, with the holidays fast approaching, these recent events have caused us to pause and think about the role we play in our community. While our purpose is to safely provide reliable electricity and diversified services to you, the members we serve, we have a greater mission — to be a catalyst for good. 

You’re probably aware of our Operation Round Up program, where we take donations from generous members like you who have “rounded up” the amount due on their electric bill to help groups and organizations provide various programs and services in their communities. In our Youth Tour program, we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C., for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action.  

We also have a strong commitment to safety — not just for our employees, but for our community as well. We hold safety demonstrations at community meetings and other gatherings, teaching people of all ages how to stay safe around electricity. 

Southeastern Indiana REMC invests in the economic development of the community through an active role in our local chamber of commerce and many other groups and organizations within our seven-county service territory. 

You’ll also see our employees serving on local boards, coaching youth sports, volunteering at charitable events and much more. When you work at a co-op, you understand how important a strong community is — after all, without you, the co-op wouldn’t exist. 

We know that our core job is to keep the lights on, but our passion is our community. We live and work here, too, and we want to make it a better place for all. 

If there’s anything we can do to help you — whether providing energy-saving advice to help lower your monthly bill or discuss payment plan options during these difficult times — please reach out to us at 800-737-4111.

Concern for community is the heart and soul of who we are. And no matter what the future brings, you can count on your electric co-op to care about you.