By Our Communities, for Our Communities
When you think of October, Halloween and fall foliage naturally come to mind. October is also notable for another reason—it’s National Co-op Month. This is the time of year when cooperatives across the country, including Nolin RECC, celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve.
Cooperatives are different than other types of businesses. In contrast to some other organizations owned by investors or stockholders who are driven predominantly by financial bottom line, cooperatives are governed by seven key principles, many centered on civic responsibility and community focus.
Similar to how Nolin RECC was built by members who came together to bring electricity to this area, cooperatives are advocates for the common good. Nolin exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, the members of the co-op. It is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve.
As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of our service area because we are locally governed. Nolin’s leadership team and employees live right here in our communities. Our board of directors, which helps set long-term priorities for the co-op, live locally on co-op lines. These board members have been elected to the position by neighbors like you.
We know our members have a valuable perspective. We are working to improve in continually receiving your input in a constructive and informational fashion, such that it will help us account for the greatest needs of our members and the communities we serve. Whether through public events, our social media channels or our membership meetings, we want to hear from you.
Our close local connection ensures we get a first-hand perspective on our members’ priorities. That enables us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as equipment and technology upgrades, and services such as paperless billing and outage notification.
Another feature that sets our co-op apart from a traditional utility is one of our core principles, “Concern for Community.” We partner with organizations like Ronald McDonald House and other worthy programs. Our members that participate in Operation Round Up also impact our communities through grants given to local organizations such as Greenspace and the Community Health Clinic.
Ultimately, we strive to see that our entire service territory benefits from these programs. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.
We hope you will think of Nolin RECC as more than your energy provider, but instead as a local business that supports our communities and powers economic development. We are a cooperative—built by our members, for our members—serving this area for the last 81 years and for many more generations to come.