We LOVE our community

we love our commynity

As a local cooperative, our members and employees are a part of our community. That’s why giving back is so important to us.

We can’t thank you enough for your donations to our Helping Hand Foundation which makes it possible to continue supporting our students, local non-profits and members in need. Here are a few ways that you’ve helped us spread the love to our neighbors recently.

If you’d like to help us in our continued efforts to support our community, you can round your bill up to the nearest dollar amount, schedule a monthly donation, make a one-time donation or donate your future capital credits. Learn more by visiting pemc.coop/donate. We couldn’t do it without you!

COVID-19 relief

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Helping Hand Foundation helped support individuals in need of bill assistance. So many of you that had a few extra dollars to spare stepped up in a time when our neighbors needed it most and you truly made a difference in their lives. As of December, we’ve been able to offer more than $70,000 in energy assistance to members in need thanks to your help.

Bright Ideas

The unique circumstances of the 20202021 school year meant that our teachers needed more support than ever before. Last October, we proudly awarded more than $50,000 to teachers through Bright Ideas grants, helping to support their innovative (and sometimes virtual!) class projects.

Since the inception of our Bright Ideas program, we’ve given $600,000 in grants to local teachers.

Food drive

During the holiday season, we know that times can be tough. However, no one should have to worry about putting food on the table.

In December, we donated $4,000 to local schools we serve to help those in need.

College scholarships

We understand that high school seniors face an important decision about starting the next chapter of their lives. Our college scholarship program offers seven high school seniors a chance to continue their education with $2,000 scholarships.

We also support our community by awarding two, $1,500 scholarships at each of the three local community colleges to students who are Piedmont Electric members. These 13 scholarships help empower members throughout our community.

If you have a high school senior, they can apply for a scholarship at pemc.coop/scholarships until the March 31 deadline. Students interested in our local community college scholarships can apply through their college’s scholarship application.

Invitation for Trans4mation

This local organization offers life skills to students to help them deal with everyday life.

“It has been our honor to receive the generous donation from the Helping Hands Foundation last year. As you can imagine, we have used it to its fullest potential and are so grateful to have been able to represent Piedmont Electric throughout the year. With the challenges of COVID-19 we have remained vigilant in making sure to do the most good in our communities. We could not have done all of these wonderful things and touched all of these precious lives without you.”

Cozzetta Caldwell, Executive Director An Invitation for Trans4mation