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On a hot and muggy Sunday afternoon in July, dozens of Cuivre River Electric Cooperative employees banded together as part of a new community outreach initiative.
The employees raised tents, packaged hot dogs and hamburgers and helped with other preparations for the opening day of Troy Story 2. The volunteer effort was part of the new #CRECcares program to support community projects throughout the cooperative’s service area.
While the cooperative has Operation Round Up, which has awarded over $5 million in grants since it was established in 1997, and helped with various fundraisers over the years, CREC General Manager/CEO Doug Tracy said the new program is a way to cultivate an employee’s interest in the communities where they live and work.
“The launch of our #CRECcares initiative has opened the door for opportunities in which our employees can get together outside of the office and support community improvement efforts, something that is important to them,” Tracy said. “This aligns well with the cooperative’s principles, one of which is concern for the community.”
“Troy Story is the first of what we hope will be many projects in which our employees can participate. And, we had a great time being involved!”
Troy Story 2 was a weeklong mission trip in which 450 teenagers from across the country descended upon Troy to complete various home improvement projects. The students hailed from Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa. They were housed at Troy Buchanan High School.
The projects ranged from painting to building handicapped accessible ramps to landscaping. Overall, 60 projects were scheduled with job sites sprinkled throughout the Troy area.
“It’s truly a great event and makes a big impact in Lincoln County,” Tracy said.
Organizers were thrilled to have so many volunteers from CREC.
“The community support, like what we received from Cuivre River Electric, is huge,” said Rod Bruce, local organizer for Troy Story 2. “The community and school are just unbelievable. They bend over backwards for us.”