OEC and Touchstone Energy organize service project for Columbus residents

Volunteers made 750 paracord “survival” bracelets to benefit Operation Gratitude at last week’s service event in Columbus.

On September 5, hundreds of electric cooperative trustees, CEOs, and employees from Ohio and several nearby states participated in a service project to benefit residents of Columbus, the host city for the 2018 NRECA Regions 1 and 4 meeting.

More than 75 meeting attendees and guests, representing 25 different co-ops and related organizations, attended this service project, writing more than 50 letters and making 750 paracord “survival” bracelets to benefit Operation Gratitude, an organization on a mission to thank every American who serves in the military or as a first responder. The volunteers also prepared 300 snack packs for parents of children at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

“Touchstone Energy is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the national brand of electric cooperatives, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by giving back with a service opportunity in the communities we serve,” said Lynn Moore, Touchstone Energy’s executive director. “We are leveraging the power of human connections in how we treat our members, how we collaborate and how we build communities, and this year we are highlighting all three characteristics with this #CoopsServe volunteer effort.”

Touchstone Energy and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives also thank Sunny 95 and Costco for their contributions to these great causes.