CV and MEC ‘Co-ops in Action’ Spruce Up Atlanta School Softball Field
Chariton Valley (CV) and Macon Electric Cooperative (MEC) joined together to positively impact the communities they serve with their ‘cooperative’ program, ‘Co-ops in Action’. This project is a joint effort between the two cooperatives, where together they dedicate time and employees to tackle work projects for the communities they serve.
Atlanta School expressed safety concerns and needing to spruce up the stands area around the softball field. MEC and CV worked to add rock around the stands, cleaned the dugouts and moved rock around another building; all completed in time for a ballgame that evening.
“Co-ops in Action is a wonderful program for a number of reasons, the first of which is the ability to give back to our communities that support us each and every day,” stated Allie Bennett, MEC Marketing and Communications Manager. “Another reason we love Co-ops in Action is that we get to work with our friends at Chariton Valley, as well as the great people of the organizations for which we are serving.”
MEC and CV select projects through a request process where community groups can apply to have work completed for their organization. They explain the project that needs completed, as well as how it will benefit the community. A committee reviews the projects and select projects to complete based on feasibility and impact on the community.
The goal is to complete one project every quarter. During the volunteer workday, the organization must provide the material needed for the project and the cooperatives will provide the labor. The only requirement is that the project be completed within the MEC and CV service territories.
“We are dedicated to serving our communities,” said Donna Bell, Manager of Public Relation and Economic Development with Chariton Valley. “We enjoy tackling projects with our fellow cooperative and promoting the cooperative difference.”