Union Power Cooperative’s business is providing electricity, but our heart is in empowering our members and building the communities we serve. If you’re looking for love this Valentine’s Day, consider the love we have to give each other and to the community.
Loving you – our members:
You might wonder why we, a business that sells electricity, provides you with tips and tools to use less of what we sell. It’s because of our business model. Cooperative businesses are not-for-profit and exist to provide exceptional service to members, rather than to make a profit.
We think that means giving you the tools you need to make informed energy decisions that can lead to more manageable family budgets. We are not a Wall Street corporation; we are locally owned and operated, so we know how important it is to stick to a budget.
Loving our community:
Union Power Cooperative and its employees have big hearts for service and giving back to others. Such is the case with Hospice of Union & Stanly counties which employees have donated, to date, close to $300,000. Now that’s a lot of heart!
Through our Bright Ideas education grant program, local teachers win funding for innovative project to help students achieve success. And right now, we’re accepting applications for Touchstone Energy Sports Camp scholarships that will send two local students to basketball camps on college campuses. With these programs and others, not only are we spreading the love to our members and organizations, but to children, which are the future of our community.
Loving local businesses and economies:
At the same time, Union Power Cooperative is investing to help our communities grow and thrive. We support and participate in many organizations that bring jobs and enhance the economy of our local communities – Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development organizations, Cooperative Extension agencies, Workforce development and Business associations and Education foundations. We support our local towns with community events that enhance the quality of life to the citizens who live and work there.
We support disaster relief agencies such as the American Red Cross and volunteer fire and rescue departments and charitable organizations that help those in need in the communities we serve.
Union Power Cooperative was founded in 1939 when neighbors worked together to raise poles, string lines, and bring electricity to the people and farms of our area. Our members were the core of our cooperative then, and they remain at the heart of our existence today. Much has changed in the last 78 years, but our cooperative mission stands unchanged: To power, and empower, the people and communities we serve.
We love our members!