This month, the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. “Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities.
Our association provides leadership, expertise and unity of purpose in support of the cooperative utilities of Illinois and their efforts to improve the quality of life for their members. Rural America is served by a network of about 1,000 electric cooperatives, most of which were formed in the 1930s and 40s to bring electricity to farms and rural communities that large, investor-owned power companies had no interest in serving because of the higher costs involved in serving low-population and low-density areas.
Today, staff kicked off Co-op Month with pie from Café CoCo. On October 27, employees will observe Co-op Day. For more information on #CoopMonth, follow on Facebook and Twitter to see how co-ops across the country are celebrating National Co-op Month.