Concern for Community

The seventh cooperative principle is “Concern for Community.” It notes that, while focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.

CREA supports its member co-ops as they put this concern for community into practice.

Youth programs have been a priority for years, with CREA assisting in both the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour and the Colorado Leadership Camp, which are sponsored each year. CREA also gets involved in helping Colorado electric cooperatives sponsor events such as the Junior Livestock Auction at the Colorado State Fair and Matchwits competitions on Rocky Mountain PBS stations.

Concern for Community does also extend beyond the young people in the community. The Powering the Plains bike team rides in the Pedal the Plains bike tour each year, raising money for Energy Outreach Colorado, which helps low-income Coloradans pay their heat bills each winter. CREA has also coordinated fund raising efforts to help members affected by catastrophic fires or floods, sponsored awards for science fairs, co-sponsored renewable energy conferences, contributed to local energy-related projects and more.

Current Causes

Clean Water for Guatemalan Villages

Give $35 to buy a water filter that lats for two years to an underprivileged family in rural Guatemala. The purchase of these water filters will also aid the local economy as they are manufactured in Guatemala. Our goal is to buy 120 water filters to deliver to each household that receives electricity.

Would you be a part of this mission by sponsoring a water filter for $35? Donate below.

Online Donations

To  help support the Guatemala mission, donate by clicking below:



Check donations:

Please make check payable to CEEI and send to:

Colorado Rural Electric Association
5400 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80216

On the check memo, please write: “Water Filters”

The Colorado Electric Educational Institute (CEEI) is a 501(c) 3 established by Colorado’s electric cooperatives to support electric co-ops and their members.

Colorado Forest Fires Electric Co-op Relief Fund

Hundreds of our fellow electric co-op members lost their homes and businesses when forest fires burned through their community this summer. Thousands of others have been affected by the fires. Colorado’s electric co-ops have established a fund to raise support for these co-op members. All funds raised will be donated to a charitable organization working with those affected by the fire.

Online Donations

To help support Colorado co-op members impacted by this year’s forest fires, donate by clicking below:




Check donations

Please make checks payable to CEEI and send to:

Colorado Rural Electric Association
5400 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80216

One the check memo, please write: “Forest Relief Fund”

The Colorado Electric Educational Institute (CEEI) is a 501(c) 3 established by Colorado’s electric cooperatives to support electric co-ops and their members.