Loyalty is a prized virtue—to country, family, even the schools we attend. We keep those ties strong throughout our lives, myself included—I still wear the colors of my college alma mater and, like many in this community, have unwavering support and adoration for the men and women in the United States military.

We at Jones-Onslow also have loyalties to the members and communities we serve. We have
deep connections here because this area is our home, and you are our neighbors.

When you signed up for service with the co-op, you became part of a local company with local ties—we have offices located in the community and our board of directors and employees
live in the neighborhoods that you live in.

That means we care about improving the quality of life in the areas we serve. From sponsoring the high school booster clubs to helping the local United Way with their annual campaign efforts, Jones-Onslow invests in the places where we live and work.

We don’t exist to make profits for distant investors on Wall Street. We exist to provide you with safe, reliable, and affordable electric service, and we’re doing so in a way that makes things better for future generations. Because electric cooperatives operate on a not-for-profit basis, we do not need to increase revenues above what it takes to run our business in a financially sound manner. This structure helps keep your electric bills affordable.

We take our jobs seriously, but we also take our community roles seriously, too. That’s why we offer scholarships to college-bound students and send four high school juniors to Washington, D.C. every summer to learn about history and government. That’s also why we’ve continued to support our local schools through the Bright Ideas Grant Program. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we’re celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary this year with Bright Ideas, and I truly believe the program has had the most significant impact of any community-related partnership that Jones-Onslow has ever participated in.

We don’t participate in these activities simply because it’s nice to do, or even the right thing to do. We do it because we remain loyal to our members, our neighbors, our home, and our mission to make life better in the communities we serve.