From the beginning of the electric cooperative movement, it’s been about neighbors helping neighbors. So, it was with this cooperative spirit that Piedmont Electric established the Helping Hand Foundation as a way to continue helping our neighbors, in addition to investing in the future of our communities.
Since moving to the area in 2004, I’ve always admired Piedmont Electric’s focus on community, so when I was invited to volunteer on this foundation board, I was honored. Piedmont Electric’s Helping Hand Foundation (PEHHF) is governed by a board of volunteers made up of co-op members, like myself, from across Piedmont Electric’s service territory. As board president, I will ensure that the foundation’s decisions are made in the best interest of our community.
I’m happy to announce that our inaugural year was a great success! We made investments in youth education and enrichment, emergency preparedness, internet access and affordable electric power, all of which will have long term impacts on our communities. And of course, this success would not have been possible without the support of members like you! We truly are stronger when we work together.
The foundation’s mission is simple—to empower and partner with individuals and organizations focused on enhancing the quality of life in our communities. I invite you to view some of this past year’s projects, so you can see how your pennies supported your neighbors. And when Piedmont Electric rounds up your next bill to the nearest dollar, remember how those funds are re-invested back into your community and that you are helping strengthen the future of our communities. Thank you for lending a helping hand!
-Keith Epstein, President of Piedmont Electric’s Helping Hand Foundation