Relying on Principles
For Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, everything we do is built on a strong foundation: the Seven Cooperative Principles.
Cooperatively owned utilities are different from most of the businesses you come into contact with each day, and they serve an important role in rural America. Providing reliable electricity to rural areas like ours may not be profitable enough for a company trying to make big profits for its stockholders.
The seventh principle is perhaps our greatest: Concern for Community. This goes to the heart of what makes a cooperatively owned utility so unique. Instead of a company that works just to make profit and please its shareholders, you belong to an organization that actively works to make the Wiregrass community a better place to live, work and raise a family.
This section of our website contains information about the various ways we live out our seventh principle.
Operation Round Up
Since Wiregrass Electric Cooperative was founded in 1939, the betterment of our communities has been a top priority. In fact, Concern for Community is one of the seven cooperative principles on which we base everything we do. We know that one of the secrets to a growing and maintaining a successful community is making sure our schools, churches, volunteer fire departments and other organizations are able to serve all of us in a meaningful way.
That’s why we started Operation Round Up — an innovative program designed to let our members help themselves and the community as a whole by giving just pennies a month by rounding up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. Currently, about 85 percent of our members participate in this voluntary program.
Click here to learn more about Operation Round Up.
- Cooperative Youth Tour for high school juniors.
- Christmas Card Design Contest for elementary school students.
Revolving Loan Fund
Wiregrass Electric is a member-owned cooperative dedicated to improving the lives of its members. To that end, WEC created a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to help fund improvements to our community. Applications applications for loans from others with ideas on how to improve our community are now being accepted. These loans are being provided for projects that will significantly benefit rural areas. If an application is approved, WEC will work with local lenders and others to maximize the leverage of the RLF dollars so that the result is the maximum possible economic development. It is the further intent of WEC to use the RLF program to supplement, but not compete with, capital that may already exist within the communities. Click here for RLF brochure.
Habitat For Humanity Weatherization Program
Programs that help customers struggling to pay their electric bills.
Habitat for Humanity and WEC have teamed up in a program that is the first of its kind, nationwide. The Weatherization Program
helps WEC serve members who need home repairs but cannot afford the cost.
Donations and Sponsorships
Because WEC serves consumers in over four counties, the cooperative has set guidelines for donations and sponsorships. Generally, WEC contributions will be focused within the geographic area that the cooperative serves in Houston, Geneva, Covington, Coffee, Dale and Henry Counties.
- How to request a contribution: All requests must be made in writing by using theWEC Donation Request form. Completed forms should be forwarded by mail to: Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 158, Hartford, AL 36344; by email to: [email protected]; or by fax: 334-588-0683.