October is National Cooperative Month

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As an electric cooperative, our top priority is always to provide reliable, affordable energy to you, the consumer-members we serve. Our mission is to enrich our members’ lives and serve our local community’s long-term interests––and this mission has never been more critical than in recent months. One of the seven principles that guides all co-ops is “concern for community.” At Hendricks Power, this principle is the essential DNA, and it sets us apart from other electric utilities.
October is National Co-op Month, and electric cooperatives across the country are highlighting the many ways we “Power On.” Keeping this theme in mind, Hendricks Power recognizes the essential role we play in serving a remarkable community like ours. 
Who would have fathomed in March, that the COVID-19 virus would test our community and our nation? Over the past several months, we’ve all been challenged to operate differently, and we have stepped up to help our members and strengthen the safety net for our more vulnerable neighbors. As an essential service, and to ensure your power supply’s reliability, we modified our operations to safeguard business continuity. Our line crews and employees began working staggered schedules and remotely to maintain separation in addition to social distancing. We closed our lobby to ensure our members’ safety. In addition, we distributed 3.3 million dollars in capital credits early, hosted a no-contact annual meeting, and partnered with and made donations to multiple organizations to create grants to support those most in need throughout our community. For the health and safety of everyone, we think these measures were the prudent course of action for the times.
We’ve seen other local businesses rising to meet similar challenges during this time because that’s what communities do. While the difficulties caused by COVID-19 have been daunting, we are heartened to see everyone pulling together. In 1936, Hendricks Power was built by the community to serve the community, and that’s what we’ll continue to do – Power On.