October is National Co-op Month
When you think of October, perhaps one of the first things that come to mind are pumpkins, Halloween, and the beautiful fall colors. But October also is notable for another reason—it’s National Co-op Month! This is the time of year when cooperatives across the country, including Rock Energy, celebrate who we are and, more importantly, the members we serve.
Cooperatives are different from other types of businesses. When for-profit businesses decline to offer a product or service, or do so at a very high price, co-ops intervene to fill the need.
Similar to how Rock was built by members who came together to bring electricity to the Rock County countryside in the 1930s, cooperatives serve the common good. Your co-op exists to provide safe, reliable, and affordable energy to you—our valued members. Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve.
As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed. Rock Energy’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our directors, which help set long-term priorities for the co-op, live locally on co-op lines and are elected by neighbors like you.
A feature that sets Rock Energy apart from a traditional utility is one of our core principles, “Concern for Community.” Here are just a few of the things we do to help our members and improve the communities we all call home:
- The co-op distributed $1.2 million in capital credits in 2019. Since our founding, about $18 million has been paid to past and current members.
- Our scholarship program continues to help young people in the area realize their dream of a college education. Since 1989, we have awarded more than $102,000 in financial aid to deserving students.
- The co-op along with its employees and members donated thousands of items to our Back-to-School Supplies Drive in July. These contributions were delivered to 15 area school districts so less fortunate students could start the school year with the tools they need to succeed.
- Our Co-op Connections program continues to help members save money on everyday purchases. You can get 2-for-1 restaurant deals, discounted movie and event tickets, hotel discounts, and cash-back online shopping in addition to all the healthy savings discounts available. In fact, local co-op members have saved about $150,000 on prescription drugs through the years.
We hope you think of Rock as more than just your energy provider because we think of you as more than just a customer. Instead, think of us as a local business that supports the communities we serve. Rock was built by the community, for the community. Always remember that this is your co-op. Please let us know if we can do anything to improve our service to you.