Co-op Employees Give From The Heart

On July 19, Union Power employees presented a check for $47,288 to Hospice of Stanly County & Uwharrie during a reception held at the Cooperative’s district office in Oakboro. Since declaring Hospice as its charity of choice in 2009, Union Power Cooperative employees have raised $295,934 for the Hospices of Union and Stanly counties. Accepting the check on behalf of Hospice of Stanly, Executive Director Lori Thayer stated “we appreciate each and every one of you and all you do for Hospice”.

Each year, Union Power Cooperative employees raise money for the Hospices of Union & Stanly counties, giving to each during alternate years. Employees are able to contribute in a variety of ways including payroll deductions and various events and fundraisers held throughout the year with 100% of proceeds being donated to Hospice. “Working for Hospice is a selfless thing to do, and to employees, Hospice is personal to a lot of us, your commitment and time dedicated to this cause is appreciated by the board and myself” said Executive Vice President and General Manager, Greg Andress.

Union Power Cooperative is a member-owned electric cooperative that provides electric service to more than 72,000 member accounts in Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Rowan counties.

Group Picture with Greg

Union Power Cooperative urges electrical safety for Pokémon Go players

Union Power Cooperative would like to remind players of the popular Pokémon Go game to stay far away from power plants, electric substations and other electric equipment. The augmented reality application sends players on the hunt to “catch” animated Pokémon characters that appear overlaid on a live scene viewed through a phone.

As players move to various locations to find new characters, it is important that players stay aware of their surroundings and keep clear of electrical equipment. “We know you want to #CatchEmAll, but always do so at a safe distance from electric substations and other electric equipment,” said Lonnie Kirkley, manager of operations. “Entering an electric substation is both a crime and incredibly dangerous, and members of the public should never attempt to gain access for any reason. Another capture is not worth the risk of serious injury.”

Union Power Cooperative urges parents of children who play the game to talk to them about how to be safe around electricity, and to always heed all instructions on signs and warnings related to electric equipment.

  • Stay out of electric facilities, such as substations and power plants, even if the game leads to that equipment.
  • NEVER touch electric equipment, including transformers and power lines.
  • NEVER enter an active work zone, which could contain moving equipment and excavations.
  • Do not climb power poles or throw things into power lines.
  • Stay away from power lines that have fallen because they can still be energized.
  • Power lines near trees also pose a danger; exercise caution and check for power lines before climbing a tree.