Over the years, you’ve probably heard or read about White River Valley Electric Cooperative’s Commitment to Community. This is not only one of our strategic initiatives, but a core principle that sets us apart from other types of utilities and businesses. This is something we’ve always taken seriously. That’s what makes us who we are.
Like so many of you, we’ve risen up to meet new challenges and strengthened the safety net for our community over the last few years. As we adjust programs and operations, we stay focused on our bigger mission of helping our consumers get through the life altering events such as the pandemic, polar vortex, and supply chain issues.
Now with the holidays fast approaching, thinking about events like these have made me pause and think about our role in the community more than ever. While it’s our job to provide safe and reliable energy to you, we also want to be a catalyst for good.
That good can come from a variety of places – like our Operation Round Up Program. ORU is a where members can “round up” their electric bills to help not only students and teachers, but our most vulnerable neighbors. Or our Youth Tour and Cycle Programs, where we take the community’s brightest young people and immerse them in democracy in action. The whole month of October, we collected goods and funds to disperse to food pantries in our five counties through our Power to Turn Hunger into Hope food drive.
As we celebrate the holiday season and show thanks to everyone, we here at the Cooperative are always grateful for our members. We know that our core job is to keep the lights on; but our passion is our community. Because we live and work here too, and we want to make it a better place for all.
If there’s anything we can do to help you––whether providing energy-saving advice to help lower your monthly bill or discuss payment plan options during difficult times––please reach out to us at whiteriver.org.
Concern for community is the heart and soul of who we are. And no matter what the future brings, you can count on your electric co-op to care about you.