Nashville, TENN. – Nearly 300 electric co-op employees participated in the fifth annual Tennessee Electric Cooperative Day of Service on Thursday, Oct. 21. Twenty individual service projects were completed across the state with 292 employees from 10 electric co-ops volunteering more than 700 hours in service to their local communities. This year’s projects included painting and repairing playground equipment, cleaning a small business damaged in the Waverly flood and coordinating food, clothing, classroom supply and toy drives.
“Our commitment to the people and places we serve runs deep,” says Trent Scott, TECA’s vice president of corporate strategy and organizer of the event. “Our employees are raising families in these communities, and they want to give back. The Day of Service is an opportunity for our employees to complete projects that have a real impact.”
In the five-year history of the Day of Service event, 1,900 employees have volunteered more than 4,900 hours to complete 116 individual projects in co-op communities across the state.
Co-ops participating in the 2021 Day of Service and the projects they completed were:
- Caney Fork Electric Cooperative – Coordinated Christmas toy drive for area children
- Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation – Painted playground equipment for local schools
- Fayetteville Public Utilities – delivered gift bags to residents in local assisted living and nursing facilities
- Gibson Electric Membership Corporation – Provided classroom supplies for 11 teachers and 96 students
- Pickwick Electric Cooperative – Assisted the Jesus Cares Thrift Store and packed and delivered care packages to nursing home residents
- Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association – Helped clean a small business impacted by the Waverly, Tenn., flood
- Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative – Donated meals to local healthcare workers and raised money for a veterans group
- Volunteer Energy Cooperative – donated food to food banks and a back pack program
In the photo: Caney Fork Electric Cooperative employees collect toys to ensure that area children have a special holiday.