Manager’s Message – December 2022

Concern for Community

Debi WilsonDear Co-op Members:

At Lane Electric Cooperative, our top priority is providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service. We also strive to be a catalyst for good, investing in our communities through scholarship programs, charitable giving, educational programs and more.

I wanted to highlight a couple of those investments from 2022 and share a few opportunities as we head into the new year.

Annually, the cooperative awards donations that support activities and projects providing environmental, social and/or economic support to our member communities. In September, the Lane Electric Board of Directors voted to award 2022 donation funds to the Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District, Food for Lane County, Upper McKenzie Community Center, Lane County Diaper Bank, Upper Willamette Youth Association and Kids First.

In addition to the cooperative’s donation, Lane Electric secured $10,000 in matching funds from our financial partner, CoBank. In total, we were able to award more than $22,000 in funding to these important organizations.

Looking ahead, we’ve just opened the application process for 2023 scholarships and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour. Each year, Lane Electric offers more than $20,000 in scholarships to help people pursue their academic or vocational goals.

For younger students, the cooperative offers high school juniors the unique opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour. Roughly 2,000 delegates and staff from electric cooperatives across the country will meet their elected officials, tour Capitol Hill, visit America’s historic monuments and museums, and hear featured speakers discuss the important roles electric cooperatives play in our communities.

Details for scholarships and the Youth Tour are available under the Community tab on our website. We look forward to continuing to improve the cooperative and strengthen our investments in the community in 2023.

Debi Wilson