Wheatland Electric Cooperative is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. “Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities.
“Our cooperative delivers electricity to more than 20,000 member-owners in our 16-county service area of Kansas and Colorado,” said Bruce Mueller, general manager of Wheatland Electric. “Delivering safe, reliable, competititvely-priced power is our top priority, but we are also invested in our communities because we are locally owned and operated. Revenue generated by Wheatland Electric goes back to Main Street, not Wall Street.”
Rural America is powered by a network of about 1,000 electric cooperatives, most of which were formed in the 1930s and 40s to bring electricity to farms and rural communities that large, investor-owned power companies had no interest in serving because of the higher costs involved in operating in low-population and low-density areas.
In addition to providing the vital power co-op members depend on, Wheatland Electirc is heavily involved in the communities we serve. Whether it’s volunteering at local county fairs, driving a truck in community parades or being involved in civic organizations Wheatland and its employees are present and engaged in local communities across our service territory. Through programs like Cram the Van, youth tour trips, scholarships and safety demonstrations, Wheatland provides the resources and support needed to keep rural America vibrant and strong.
In celebration of National Cooperative Month, we invite you to join us this month as we continue our Cram the Van food drive to help feed hungry people across our communities. See our remaining schedule of events on page 16-D for an event near you or bring your donation to your local Wheatland Electric office or Caldwell City Hall or Hired Man's Grocery in Conway Springs. Members helping members, it doesn’t get any more cooperative than that.
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