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them feel good."
Cuivre Cares helps bring together all the cooperative's
employees, from recent college graduates to those who
have lived, worked and volunteered in their community for
decades.
"Millenials are really into giving back and making a difference," Doug says. "We have a wide demographic of employees and thought this would be a great way of not only
giving back in a meaningful way, but also working together
as a cooperative team. Some employees bring their families
and we're outside of the office in our blue jeans. Everyone
just gets to know each other a little better."
Cuivre's outreach includes more than these weekend
projects. The past two years, CREC has sent trucks and
members of its right-of-way crew to participate in a beautification project at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
The crews joined other tree care professionals in service
to Saluting Branches, a nonprofit that supports veterans
and their families. The crews trimmed trees and removed
downed limbs from the cemetery.
"It's a great opportunity to give back to the servicemen and servicewomen who have given their lives for our
freedom," says Scott Skopec, CREC right-of-way superintendent. "Being an electric cooperative, giving back to the
community is a big part of what we do. We look forward to
participating again."
Employees are stepping up inside the walls of the cooperative offices as well. During the holidays this past year,
CREC staff competed in a mini Christmas tree decorating
contest. The trees were either donated to local retirement
homes or placed on display in the co-op offices to be sold
with the proceeds benefiting The Key Center, an organization that serves homeless youth in Lincoln County. In
February, employees were encouraged to participate in
random acts of kindness. One week included employeemade Valentine's Day cards that were distributed to a local
nursing home.
"Because we work for cooperatives, we work together,"
Mary says. "We're able to do some things outside of our
normal roles, beyond our job descriptions. It's not just
what we can do to help the co-op; it's what can we do
beyond that?"
The co-op has utilized the matching grant program,
Sharing Success, from its banking partner CoBank since
2012. In total, Cuivre River Electric has distributed
$40,000 in community grants from the program, most
recently to The Key Youth Center and the Greater St. Louis
Honor Flight.
Doug says that these programs and more are just part
of what makes the cooperative difference to the member at
the end of the line.
"Concern for Community is one of the best
ways for us to differentiate
ourselves from other electric
providers," he says. "It's not just
backing local programs financially.
Troy
It's our people. It's our service projects or even something as simple
as having employees in local Rotary
and Lions clubs. It makes all the
difference."

Top: Cuivre River Electric employees volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity house in Wentzville in late 2019. The project is part of a broader
Cuivre Cares initiative. Center: Co-op employees created homemade
Valentine's Day cards in February and delivered them to local nursing
homes. Bottom: One of the first Cuivre Cares projects was acting in
a supporting role for 450 volunteers that descended on Troy.
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