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A History Of Helping

Clothes for kids in Haiti
Sometimes something as simple as a pillowcase can make a world of difference. Employees of Grayson Rural Electric Co-op are making pillowcase dresses for young orphans and refugees in Haiti, where a mission team from the First Baptist Church of Grayson will visit in January. Clothing for the hot climate must be lightweight and easily laundered, so a cotton pillowcase is ideal. Co-op staff are donating materials, then stitching, sewing, and pressing the little dresses.

Getting cold for a cause
Take a CEO. Dump ice cold water over him. What do you get?

At Blue Grass Energy Cooperative, the answer is a donation totaling $830 for Hospice of the Bluegrass.

During the Cold Water Challenge, employees bought chances to dump icy water on Blue Grass Energy CEO and President Mike Williams. After being drenched, Williams challenged other executives at the cooperative to do likewise.

“The Cold Water Challenge was a fun way to engage employees while raising money for a great cause,” says Williams. “Supporting hospice is just another way we are fulfilling our purpose of making life better, the cooperative way, here at Blue Grass Energy.”

A sign for the times
In 1939, the Goodnight substation in Barren County brought electricity to 107 homes along 51 miles of power lines. The substation was the first for Farmers Rural Electric Co-op. Recently, the Kentucky Historical Society and Farmers Rural Electric Co-op unveiled a historical marker just north of Glasgow describing the event.

“The impact of rural electrification on the area Farmers RECC serves has been substantial and meaningful to our members and the community,” says Bill Prather, president and CEO of the co-op. “As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, it is important to memorialize the event that brought betterment of the community and an improved quality of life to our members.”

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