If you’ve read this newsletter or seen any of our social media over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed a theme we often promote, our concern for the 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 our community’s safety net, 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.

With the holidays fast approaching, these recent events have made me pause and think about the role we play in our community. While our purpose is to provide safe and reliable energy to you, the members we serve, we have a greater mission—to be a catalyst for good.

You’re probably aware that we support various community-help organizations like the United Way, The Filling Station (Jones County), and civic and philanthropic groups whose missions are to make life better for our neighbors. Or our Youth Tour program, where 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 also for our community. We visit schools to teach children of all ages how to stay safe around electricity, and we hold safety demonstrations at community meetings and other gatherings.

JOEMC invests in the community’s economic development through an active role in our local Chamber of Commerce and business development committees. And we’ve been fortunate to partner with our county governments to provide economic development/community development funds for businesses coming to our area, as well as fire and rescue equipment.

You’ll also see our employees serving on local boards, coaching youth sports, and volunteering at charitable events. Because 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. It is our passion because we live and work here too and we want to make it a better place for everyone.

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.

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