By the Community, for the Community
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 Farmers RECC, 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 Farmers RECC was built by members who came together to bring electricity to our community, cooperatives are conveners for the common good. Farmers RECC 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.
We know our members (that’s you!) have a valuable perspective. That’s why we are continually seeking your input. Whether through community events or our annual meeting, we want to hear from you. Recently, we heard from you in a big way.
During the summer season, our cooperative suffered through some normal seasonal conditions that caused our members to experience a few outages. We were honored by how many members called, and sent cards and letters thanking us for our prompt service.
We understand that electricity isn’t just a luxury, but a necessity for so many of our members, which is why we work hard to provide reliable service. We also understand that electricity is mostly a silent servant in our members’ homes and can sometimes be taken for granted.
We appreciate our members that took the time to tell us that they appreciate our employees for their service. We passed every single note along to our crews and employees and they genuinely valued the gratitude from our members.
Part of the reason we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community, is because we are locally governed. Farmers RECC’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our board of 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.
Our close connection to the community ensures we get a first-hand perspective on local priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as community solar programs and equipment and technology upgrades.
Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors.
We hope you will think of Farmers RECC 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.