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 fundraising 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.