Giving back is the co-op way
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 Nolin value year round. But during the holiday season, concern for community seems especially important.
Electric cooperatives have a proud history of giving back. Your co-op sponsors several community fundraisers throughout the year and our employees participate in worthy causes like Relay For Life, 5K Charity Runs, and Junior Achievement. This month we have a team of employees walking in the HeartChase to raise funds for the American Heart Association.
Nolin members help us give back, too. Through the Operation Round-Up program, members can round up their energy bills to the next dollar amount, and the extra change goes toward helping worthy causes, right here in our community.
Our commitment is also global. We have donated equipment and sent line techs overseas so they can help bring power to thousands of people who have never experienced the benefits of electricity. In fact, in the last two years, Nolin line techs have made three trips to Haiti in an effort to bring electricity to those who need it most.
So many families go without basic necessities and struggle to make ends meet. This struggle can be especially hard during the holiday season.
There are many ways you can give back to the community that go beyond dollar donations. Make 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 the Salvation Army, Hosparus Shop, 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 this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.
Happy Holidays from your friends at Nolin RECC!