EnerStar employees and board members spent the final two months of 2016 supporting Do It! cancer support group by participating in two activities, according to Angela Griffin, manager of marketing and member services for the cooperative.
EnerStar, like many other cooperatives around the world, operates according to the seven core cooperative principles. The seventh principle is concern for the community, she noted.
The core principle urges the cooperative not only to focus on member needs but to, “work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members,” Griffin explained.
The two recent activities highlighted the principle, Griffin said.
In November, board members participated in “No Shave November,” a month-long journey. Those participating agreed to forgo shaving in order to evoke conversations about cancer and raise cancer awareness.
In December, EnerStar employees contributed $500 to a fund that was matched by the cooperative. A check for $1,000 was presented to Brandi Hodgson, a member of the Do It! committee. All of the funds are used locally to support those undergoing cancer treatments, Griffin said.
“When we are involved in our community or donate to charities that directly benefit our community, we are fulfilling that commitment,” said Mike Clark, EnerStar CEO. “We are committed to our members and the communities we serve.”
Operating as a not-for-profit cooperative since 1938, EnerStar is owned and controlled by the members it serves. At the Annual Meeting of Members, elections are held to select the cooperative’s board of directors. They are responsible for setting the cooperative’s strategic and financial goals.
EnerStar Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. EnerStar Electric Cooperative is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.
The cooperative serves more than 5,268 meters over 1,509 miles of line in parts of Clark, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion counties.
For more information, visit www.enerstar.com.