MTEMC meets community needs all year long
Among the benefits of electric cooperative membership, one shines brightly at this time of year: Concern for Community.
One of the Seven Cooperative Principles by which Middle Tennessee Electric operates, community concern is important as we strive to be more than a power supplier. On pages 22 and 23 of the November issue of The Tennessee Magazine, readers can find examples of our commitment in action.
This includes the SharingChange charitable foundation through which co-op members can donate to community nonprofits, involvement of employee volunteers in community projects like Habitat for Humanity, support of youth through scholarships and the Washington Youth Tour, economic development teamwork aimed at creating and retaining jobs, participation in Tree Line USA and other environmental improvement programs ... the list goes on.
MTEMC’s commitment is enabled by member-owners like you. You’ve told us it’s not enough to keep the lights on and collect electric bills each month. Our members have higher expectations. One of these is being a good corporate citizen and caring neighbor in the cities, towns and rural areas where we provide electricity. By extension, our community commitment is also yours. Let me illustrate with two examples.
Over the holiday season and during emergencies, I believe our community support goes above and beyond. Needs are great at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Through direct and indirect involvement, MTEMC helps support service organizations with SharingChange grants, volunteerism, and local sponsorships.
Our nonprofit partners maximize the impact of contributed charitable funds, and they are perfectly positioned to make a difference. Clothes and gifts for children, activities for the elderly, hot meals and shelter for the homeless, medical care for the uninsured and many other services are made possible by the generosity of electric co-op members and our employees.
The 2018 hurricane season brought destruction to North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The victims included electric cooperative members who lost power due to fierce winds and flooding. Some lost their homes.
Because MTEMC is part of the national community of electric co-ops that provide mutual aid in times of disaster, we sent lineworkers and trucks to sister co-ops to help restore power and get folks back on their feet after hurricanes Florence and Michael. No, we didn’t have to help. But it was the right thing to do.
I firmly believe MTEMC members expect their cooperative to assist and aid those in need, whether it is providing Christmas for local special-needs children or helping electric co-ops in states ravaged by natural disasters. Thanks to you, we are able to make a difference in thousands of lives — and, hopefully, ensure a happier and more meaningful Christmas both for those who receive and give.
From all of us here who work to serve you, we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas.