The Colorado Electric Educational Institute Board of Directors established a Wildfire Relief Fund late in 2020 to assist co-op employees, first responders, rural fire departments, paramedic services and other community-based organizations who responded to the 2020 wildfires that swept through parts of electric co-op service territory. After collecting nearly $124,000 in donations from CREA, Tri-State, several local electric co-ops and readers of the electric co-op magazine, Colorado Country Life, the donations were distributed to 24 people and organizations affected by last summer’s wildfires. CEEI distributed 100% of the proceeds received by the fund.

Check presentations were made by representatives from the CEEI Board of Directors, CREA, Poudre Valley REA, Mountain Parks Electric and Holy Cross Energy. Thank you to all the co-op supporters who contributed to this fund.

Eagle County Paramedic Services receives a check from the CEEI Wildfire Relief Fund.

CEEI’s Wildlife Relief Fund checks were recently distributed to 24 people and organizations.

About the Colorado Electric Educational Institute

Fundraising projects are coordinated through CREA’s tax-deductible 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization, the Colorado Electric Educational Institute. Funds have also been raised to help consumer-members affected by catastrophic fires and floods, to assist lineworkers burned on the job and to bring electricity to rural villagers in developing countries. 

Donations are accepted through Paypal or send a check made out to CEEI to:

Colorado Electric Educational Institute
5400 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80216

Concern for Community

The seventh cooperative principle is “Concern for Community.” It notes that, while focusing on consumer-member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the consumer-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 by the electric co-ops each year. CREA also gets involved in helping Colorado electric cooperatives support the Junior Livestock Auction at the Colorado State Fair, 4-H programs across the state, state science fair awards, renewable energy conferences and other projects.

Concern for Community also extends 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.

A Fundraising Success Story:
The Lights Came on at Guatemalan Village

Colorado and Oklahoma planning team visits Guatemala.

Linemen get the lights on; electric co-ops’ consumer-members help students and families

The Colorado-Oklahoma Energy Trails team returned September 9, 2019 from Guatemala after completing another successful project with NRECA International.

At the close of the trip, the 20 linemen who spent two weeks working in the jungle and rain of Sillab, Guatemala, distributed water filters and back packs of school supplies in the village. Each family in the village received a 5-gallon water filter good for two years and each student received a back pack filled with school supplies, thanks to the generous donations of Colorado’s electric co-ops and their consumer-members.

The linemen had spent two weeks working in the jungle heat and rain, to bring electricity to this primitive village in the northeastern part of the country. They built 6.5 miles of line that included more than 40 poles and four transformers. They also wired 42 homes with electricity along with the school and the local churches.

With the village homes built on the sides of the mountainous jungle terrain, the job was a challenge. The line had to be strung across ravines and valleys, up and down throughout the hilly terrain. But the people were appreciative and many of the men and children worked alongside the team.

Colorado’s ten team members included CREA Director of Safety and Loss Control Dale Kishbaugh, Jerid Bruna and Jace Noe of Southeast Colorado Power, KJ Johnson of San Miguel Power, Austin Maier of Poudre Valley REA, Jason Matzke and Kenneth Murray of Mountain View Electric, Rod Sherman of Holy Cross Energy, Kelly Snow of United Power and Chris Stanworth of White River Electric.