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Community giving, co-op style

Seeing pink
Pink hard hats dotted the western Kentucky countryside near Paducah during October.

Linemen wear pink helmets for Breast Cancer Awareness
Journeyman lineman Micah L. Joiner of Ledbetter, left, and apprentice lineman Taylor Colley, Mayfield, don pink hard hats in support of the cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo:

Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation’s line technicians wore pink hard hats to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other JPEC employees wore pink clothing and ball caps.
JPEC employees raised lots of green, too, with donations totaling $1,518. The cooperative contributed an additional $1,000 to the cause.

“Breast cancer has affected many of our employees and their families,” says JPEC President and CEO Dennis L. Cannon. “This employee-led effort is a way for us to help those who suffer from this illness.”
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Striking the right chord

Marie Runyon member of Blue Grass Energy wins charity raffle
Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery are two of the stars who signed this Fender guitar for Blue Grass Energy Co-op’s fund-raiser to support the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Pictured is winner Marie Runyon of Lawrenceburg. Photo: Cindy McFarland

A Fender guitar signed by 12 stars (complete with case, letter of authenticity, and a poster from Acoustic Jam 2015) was the raffle prize during Blue Grass Energy Cooperative’s latest charity fund-raising event to support Kentucky Children’s Hospital throughout 2015.

“Raffling the guitar is a way we can raise money to help such a great organization that does so much for our members,” says Michael I. Williams, president and CEO of Blue Grass Energy Co-op. “It’s all part of fulfilling our purpose of making life better, the cooperative way.”
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Food backpacks for youth
Children who have been identified as in need of extra food during school breaks now have a little more, thanks to Shelby Energy Cooperative and its members. The cooperative is filling backpacks with easy-to-prepare food items to help with the Backpack Program in Shelby, Henry, and Trimble county schools. Shelby Energy is giving away a free CFL bulb to anyone who donates.

Shelby Energy Member Services volunteers
Shelby Energy Member Services representative Laurie Gutermuth, left, and Manager of Member Services Candi Waford, center, deliver food donated by employees and co-op members, plus a check donated by employees, to Renata Ingram at New Castle Elementary for the Backpack Program to help kids in Henry County Schools. Photo: Barbie Goodwin

“Shelby Energy is very pleased to have the opportunity to help the youth of our community through the Backpack Program,” says Debra J. Martin, president and CEO of Shelby Energy. “It’s a great program to help our youth.”

Debra Gibson Isaacs from February 2016 Issue

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