Kentucky Co-op Workers Spread WealthBy Victoria A. Rocha | ECT Staff Writer Published: November 25th, 2013
Workers at a Kentucky electric cooperative are celebrating the co-op’s 75th anniversary by making sure others enjoy the presents.
They’re donating a dollar a month to Employees Giving Back, a voluntary worker fund run by staffers at Jackson Energy in McKee. The co-op’s 135 workers can make donations at each of the five offices. Every three months, employees vote on a group to receive the donation, based on their own nominations.
Recently, workers chipped in $1,120 to a local senior center, and hope to raise money for at least one more community group by the end of the year.
“Employees are always stepping up to volunteer in the community, but we really wanted to make a special effort this year,” said Lisa Baker, an executive assistant at the co-op who led the effort. “We thought, ‘Here’s an opportunity to give back to the communities we serve.’”
Baker strives to keep the initiative as low pressure as possible. “Donors are anonymous. No one knows who’s giving and how much. If it’s weighing on someone to give more, they can give more. But they don’t have to feel like giving is expected.”
The donation will help the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center in McKee stretch federal and state funding to provide more meals during the busy winter months.
“This is the first time [the co-op] has donated to us, and I’m just thrilled to death,” said Dorothy Peters, the center’s longtime director. “I’m just thrilled that we’ll be able to help more people.”