Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association are passionate about our state and our communities. Concern for the communities we serve is one of the seven principles that guide electric cooperatives. Electric cooperatives employ more than 1,000 Tennesseans and pay millions annually in state and local taxes, but our community involvement goes far beyond that. We strive to give back to the communities we serve in real and relevant ways.

Tennessee co-ops in the community

Giving to Needy

Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation employees Rodney Stansberry and Henry Odom pose beside the “Tree of Giving” in Ashland City. The Trees of Giving program serves as a collection point for winter clothing (hats, gloves, coats, etc.) which is distributed to needy individuals in each of CEMC’s five-county service area.

Helping the Helpers

Plateau Electric Cooperative donates chain saws to local fire departments and Rescue Squad in Scott County.

Improving Infrastructure

Gibson Electric Membership Corporation and USDA Rural Development partnered to secure a zero-interest loan for improvements to the Everett-Stewart Regional Airport near Union City.

Protecting the Future

Caney Fork Electric Cooperative works to teach young people about the dangers of electricity.

Creating Opportunity

Knowing the critical need for jobs and job training, Gibson EMC partnered with the USDA to provide Crockett County $1.1 million in loan and grant proceeds for construction of the Crockett County Higher Education Center in Bells.

Protecting Resources

Holston Electric Cooperative board members, employees and family members led the way in the 10th Annual Cherokee Lake POWER Cleanup held on April 16, 2011. More than one-hundred participants removed 2 tons of trash from 8 different sites along the lake shore this year.