“Concern for Community” is one of the founding principles of cooperatives around the world, including Powell Valley Electric. Supporting the people and places we serve is a priority for our team all year long, but during this time of year, “Concern for Community” seems especially important.

On Oct. 20, our cooperative participated in the Tennessee Electric Co-op Day of Service. In a display of appreciation to the first responders in our communities, PVEC hosted a First Responders Luncheon. First responders from the communities in our service area were invited to each office location to enjoy fellowship and a barbecue lunch provided by the co-op.

We’re fortunate to have such brave men and women in our community, and it was an honor for us to serve them and thank them for their service. To see photos from this event, turn to page 20.

In the six-year history of the Tennessee Electric Co-op Day of Service, some 2,700 employees from electric co-ops across the state have volunteered 6,500 hours to complete 153 individual service projects in co‑op communities.

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday season. There is so much to do and so much to see that it can be easy to forget that many families in our communities go without, and that can be especially difficult during this time of year.

Our communities are strongest when we care for one another. Let me challenge you to find opportunities to give back this season. Choose a charity whose goals align with your own and get involved. Take some time to go through your closets and find clothes that no longer fit or have lost their use. Bag those items up, and take them to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or church clothing drive. Volunteer for a local food or toy drive, deliver meals to the sick and the elderly, or simply make a meal for a neighbor in need.

No matter how great or small the act, every time we give back, we strengthen our community. Take the time to give back this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.

The employees at Powell Valley Electric Cooperative join me in extending you and yours our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season.

— Brad Coppock