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.

Bolivian villages need our help to buy humanitarian supplies.

Electric cooperatives in Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming are joining forces to bring first-time electricity to a remote village in rural Bolivia later this year.

Beyond providing the gift of light, the volunteer linemen working on this project want to present each household that receives electricity with water filters that provide clean water for 10 years. And we want to do more. During the last two international projects in Guatemala, the co- ops were able to purchase every school student a backpack full of school supplies. The co-ops have also given away wheelchairs, computers for the schools, and other gifts to help improve the quality of life in the village.

You can join this humanitarian effort by making a donation today. Simply click the “Donate” button below.

Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Bike Team
Pedal for Energy Outreach Colorado

Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives are a proud sponsor of the Ride the Rockies and Pedal the Plains bike tours of Colorado.

Again this year, the electric co-ops will sponsor a bike team that raises money for Energy Outreach Colorado. Energy Outreach Colorado helps thousands of low-income Coloradans each year with energy bills, emergency furnace repair and energy-efficiency improvements. Support from donors like you makes their work possible.

100% of your donation will go to Energy Outreach Colorado and its causes.

A house that keeps you warm. It’s something most of us take for granted—but for thousands of Coloradans, heat simply isn’t in the budget during hard times. So, this year support the Colorado Electric Cooperative’s bike team and Coloradans in need.
And thank you for your support.

Interested in riding with us? To register to ride with the team or for more information contact the team captain Cassi Gloe at 720-407-0712 or

The Lights Came on at Guatemalan Village

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.