Home Is Where Our Heart Is
Directors and employees at Southeastern Indiana REMC want to see the communities we serve succeed. Why? The answer's simple: we live here, too.
Local people working for local good. That's the essence of the Seventh Cooperative Principle, “Concern for Community,” one of seven guidelines that govern electric cooperative operations.
First and foremost, Southeastern Indiana REMC strengthens our communities by doing what we do best: safely providing reliable electricity. As our service area grows, so does our distribution system. So it’s easy to see why strengthening the local economy makes sound business sense. Your board of directors and staff support policies and projects that are good for the communities we serve because what's good for our community is good for the co-op.
We have strong community roots. Southeastern Indiana REMC has been in business since 1939—we’re not going anywhere. Our business was founded here by members just like you, and we are not going to pull up stakes to pursue greener pastures elsewhere.
We pay our employees fair wages because that, in turn, helps strengthen the economy when they spend that money here. And by providing good-paying jobs, we keep our towns healthy because employees and their families don't have to move away to make a decent living. The more people we retain here paying taxes and contributing to their communities, the more vibrant they will be.
Benefits our communities reap from our presence aren't only financial. We open doors for our young people with scholarship programs and the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. We teach children safety through programs in schools, online and at Touchstone Energy Camp. We help members identify ways to save money by performing home and business energy audits. Touchstone Energy’s Together We Save campaign is another way we help you learn to manage your energy usage. On togetherwesave.com, you can learn how the little changes add up to big savings on your monthly electric bill.
We also strengthen our communities by supporting local organizations and charities through our Operation RoundUp Program. We help members and neighbors in need by sponsoring such things as blood drives, mobile mammogram program, Relay For Life and the Polar Plunge.
Your co-op was formed locally, and it’s still managed by your friends and neighbors. Our employees go out of their way to serve the community by coaching youth sports teams, volunteering on school committees, participating in church activities, volunteering as firefighters and EMT’s and even serving in various positions and offices on local boards and planning committees. Many are co-op members like you, and like you, they want to make their communities stronger.
When it comes to Southeastern Indiana REMC, the community comes first.
That’s the cooperative difference.