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RM | COMMUNITY

POWER OF PEOPLE

photos courtesy Tri-County Electric

THE

Tri-County Electric casts a wide net to help communities
by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop

County. "We live in the communities we work in and we
want to give back. That's the whole cooperative principle."
Starting the foundation was not a quick task and inou don't have to go far in northeast Missouri to
volved almost a year to incorporate the charity and select
see how deeply ingrained a co-op can be in its
a volunteer board. But at the end of the process the co-op
community. At county fairs, rural school boards
has built a method for sustaining its community. The
and classrooms, high school sporting events and
foundation has no administrative costs, so every cent dovolunteer organizations across the cooperative's service
nated funds a mission somewhere in Tri-County's area.
territory, there's a constant presence in the form of a smil"The board looks at community projects that can bening face from Tri-County Electric Cooperative.
efit the most people," Carla says. "We're very rural, so
This year, the cooperative established the
Tri-County Electric Charity Foundation to
there is a lot of need."
Lancaster
During the first quarter of 2020, the foundation
assist local nonprofit organizations. Fundawarded a total of $12,500 to six groups, including comes in the form of matching grants from
ing the local cancer relief fund, food bank and the
national cooperative CoBank, donated member
Schuyler County Sheriff's Office drug awareness
capital and Operation Round-Up, which the
program. A local Rotary chapter and historical
co-op established in April. Under the optional
society also were awarded funding to repair the
program, members can round their bill up to the
society's museum located in the historic Lannearest dollar with the additional change going to
caster home of Billy Hall. Organizations within
the foundation in the form of a tax-deductible donation.
Adair, Schuyler, Scotland and Putnam counties can apply
The idea being that one person's penny - or 99 of them
for the quarterly awards. The foundation estimates it will
- each month may not do much on its own but combined
raise $45,000 annually between grants and round-up.
can be a real catalyst for change.
Most importantly, that money will stay local. It means a
"We want to be transparent and for members to know
lot to organizations such as the Schuyler County Nutrition
we do more than just be their electric provider," says
Site, an Area Agency on Aging program which delivers
Carla Ausmus, manager of finance and accounting at Tri-

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