In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that hit Kentucky in December 2021, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives has organized the Kentucky Rural Electric Disaster Fund to assist members of the co-op family who face challenges after disasters, and for the aid of communities served by co-ops. Darke Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) has responded with two of the seven cooperative principals: Cooperation Among Cooperatives and Concern for Community.
Darke REC is one of multiple Ohio electric cooperatives that reached out to employees, members, and the community to ask for donations that will benefit the Kentucky Rural Electric Disaster Fund. More than $3,000 was raised locally. Darke REC’s Director of Communications, Jennifer Davenport stated, “As a cooperative, we live by our seven cooperative principles. Cooperation among cooperatives is an understanding we have with all electric cooperatives throughout the nation. When one is in need, we all step up to help. This holds true for concern for community. Kentucky is our neighbor and this tornado devasted their community. We wanted to do our part to help them rebuild.”
Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives has initiated this statewide effort of collecting monetary donations and goods which will be enroute on January 21, 2022.