The holidays are a time of year that many of us eagerly anticipate. The season is marked by special foods, seasonal decorations, and lots of festivities. Right here in our community, we look forward to the various holiday parades, lighting of the tree ceremonies, and Christmas flotillas. We cherish carrying on old family traditions and enjoy creating new ones. Personally, I look forward to more time spent with family and friends.

Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, the holidays can also offer an opportunity to slow down and reflect. For all of us at JOEMC, we are grateful for you, the members of the co-op.

You see, one of our founding principles as a co-op is “Concern for Community.” While our primary focus is providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy, we want to give back. We want to help our community thrive.

Reflection
Looking back at this past year, I’m grateful that we were able to make a positive impact in the community. Through partnerships with organizations like the United Way, Christmas Cheer, Onslow Women’s Center, The Filling Station, and many more, we’ve been able to play an active role in supporting our community, our non-profits and their missions. Through our support of these organizations, we have also impacted the lives of many of our members.

We are also grateful for the continued opportunity to work with local schools. Whether raising awareness of the importance of electrical safety, visiting for career days, awarding college scholarships, or providing educational grants to our teachers through the Bright Ideas Program, the relationship we have with our educational community is one that we cherish. There’s no better way to make a positive impact in the community than through our children and their future.

Looking Ahead
In 2020, we hope you will share your opinions with us. We recognize that our members have a valuable perspective, and that’s why we continually seek your input. Whether through community events, our social media channels, or the annual meeting, we want to hear from you. We are led by you—the members of the co-op—and we depend on your feedback.

As we prepare for next year, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you and the greater community. On behalf of the Jones-Onslow family, we hope your holidays are indeed merry and bright!