Co-ops across the nation join forces for service project

Each year, prior to the start of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting, cooperative volunteers participate in community service projects, and this year was no exception.

On March 5, Touchstone Energy Cooperative (TSE) held its 14th Annual Community Service Project in the greater Nashville, Tenn. area. More than 100 electric cooperative volunteers from 25 states joined together to demonstrate their shared commitment to community.

Projects included cleaning a playground at a daycare facility, updating a teacher’s lounge at a high school, installing energy-efficient LED lighting at an elementary school, holding a drive-thru food pantry to serve more than 300 families, providing hygiene kits and packaging 16,000 meals for families in need.

“Our communities are the sole reason why cooperatives exist, and we were delighted to showcase our nationwide commitment to service and provide opportunities for our members to give back,” said TSE Executive Director Jana Adams. 

Above: Kevin Bernson, vice president of media and public relations at Shelby Electric Cooperative, Shelbyville, joins co-op employees across the country for Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s annual community service project.