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RM | COMMUNITY

#CuivreCares

Co-op employees team up to make community a better place
by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

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Scott Skopec of Cuivre River Electric cuts trees at Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery. The co-op volunteers annually in a beautification
project at the cemetery.

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he generosity of cooperative employees can manifest in many different ways. At Cuivre River Electric
Cooperative (CREC), it might be preparing lunch
for hundreds of community volunteers on a muggy
July afternoon. Or applying siding and soffit to help give "a
hand up, not a hand out" at a Habitat for Humanity home
on a brisk November morning.
"The cooperative principle 'Concern for Community' is
something that we all live by," says Mary Wilson, CREC
manager of communication. "Most people that work at the
co-op live within our service area. They're already used
to giving back to our community through their churches,
kids' activities or civic organizations."
Cuivre River introduced a new employee initiative in
2018 called Cuivre Cares. The program - #cuivrecares
on social media - seeks to empower employees and their
families to volunteer in the communities in which they live
and work for the betterment of everyone.
Giving back is nothing new for the Troy-based electric
cooperative. For more than two decades the cooperative's
members have been rounding up their bills to the next
dollar to fund needs within their five-county service area.
A community trust board has distributed more than $6
million since 1997. However, CEO/General Manager Doug
Tracy knew the co-op could do more.
"It's one thing to write a check, but we also wanted to
give back in a tangible way with sweat equity in our service projects," he says. "There's a big difference when our
employees and their families are donating their time on
weekends to go out and improve their communities."
The first Cuivre Cares project had approximately 50
employees acting in a supportive role for Troy Story 2. Employees raised tents, provided meals and assisted in other
preparations for 450 teenage volunteers from across the
Midwest who descended on Troy to complete 60 community projects ranging from landscaping to building accessible ramps.
This past September, Cuivre employees spent a day
landscaping at a local Emmaus Home, a location that
serves clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their efforts helped ensure funds for the faith-based
program are directed toward Emmaus clients and not on
landscaping.
"We weren't just pulling weeds," Doug says. "We were
there for about seven or eight hours cleaning it up and
making it look really nice. We just wanted to help make

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