Dakota Valley Electric Celebrates Co-Op Month by Giving Back

We at Dakota Valley Electric are really fortunate. For the most part, we’re happy and healthy.

But like you, many of are dealing or have dealt with a time in our lives when things weren’t so prosperous… maybe we lost a job, got sick or faced an unexpected expense. We remember those times and the helping hands that got us through.

Dakota Valley Electric along with its sister cooperative Northern Plains Electric are celebrating cooperative month by giving back. And we need your help!

As part of its commitment to community, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative is collecting nonperishable food items to donate to local food pantries.

Co-op month is an opportunity for us to recognize the benefits and values co-ops bring to members and communities. A food drive is a way that we can demonstrate how much we care about the places we live and serve.

We’re also pitting each headquarter office against each other. Each of the four offices, Milnor, Edgeley, Carrington and Cando, are competing to see which group can accumulate the most donations.

Despite economic advances tied to oil booms and bountiful harvests, some North Dakota families are still in need – these numbers SHOCKED me. In LaMoure County, for example, 36.7 percent of children participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program that provides school lunch to children in low-income families. The number is similar in Sargent County where 33.2 percent of children participate in the program. (Source: kidscount.org)

We’re hoping our inter-office competition generates excitement and awareness of the project, but the real winners, of course, are our local food pantries.

Drop off locations are set up at headquarter offices in Edgeley and Milnor. The public is welcome to leave donations at those offices anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. And if you’re in Jamestown, you can stop in and see me too. I’ll make sure they get to the right place!

For more information, call 1-800-342-4671.