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Cooperative Principle 7: Concern for Community

When ECE brought electricity and a new way of life to our neighborhoods 81 years ago, a cooperative culture of caring took root and continues to thrive.

We regularly work with many entities in our communities to enhance economic development, education, safety, and other quality-of-life measures. Intrinsic to our mission is Co-op Principle 7: Concern for Community.

Our response to the need for school supplies in local classrooms is our most recent example. For the past two years, we’ve surprised 12 randomly-selected schools throughout our service territory with jam-packed totes of necessary items. Our Teacher Totes help ease the burden for teachers, who often purchase these supplies themselves, and provide children with the tools they need to succeed in school.

Our longstanding partnership with members in the Operation Round Up® Trust has put nearly $2 million into community programs and charitable organizations since its inception. We match your contributions to Caring Members, a program that helps keep the lights on for more than 100 households during difficult times. We award scholarships annually to help students pursue their educational goals. We participate in community events and share information about electricity and safety with schools and local organizations.  

We’re home-grown, member-owned and community-focused. We’re your electric co-op living its principles.

Teacher Totes project: ECE employees deliver school supplies to Sunrise River Elementary, North Branch, MN.

The ECE Operation Round Up Trust provided a grant to the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Reserves to help purchase bulletproof vests that meet the latest safety standards.



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