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.