Electric Co-ops Giving Back

Electric Coops Giving Back to Community
Each year, rural electric co-ops send high school students to the Washington Youth Tour, where they learn about energy and our government.

Giving at the power generation and transmission level reinforces the strong support that our member-owned electric co-ops demonstrate in their local communities. To that end, each year, we donate funds to each of our electric co-ops to use for local activities related to Touchstone Energy, our shared national brand.

In addition, we contribute tens of thousands of dollars a year, as well as in-kind contributions, to community organizations and charities. For example, we recently installed wi-fi connections on a school bus, sponsored teacher of the year awards, helped fund a heliport to facilitate medical evacuations, supported Shop with a Cop for kids for Christmas, and held economic forums. We focus on four areas: education, health and wellness, youth activities and community events.

We have also offered workshops on economic development, and helped three organizations access low-interest loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

  • Northern Cochise Community Hospital in Willcox, Ariz.,
  • Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group in Benson, Ariz., and
  • Benson Hospital in Benson, Ariz.

We also help a variety of organizations within the service areas of our Member Cooperatives.  Find out the guidelines we apply when granting donations.