Homer Electric Association will celebrate National Cooperative Month this month by hosting a "Member Appreciation Day" at its three locations:
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Seldovia;
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Homer;
And from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 in Kenai.
The theme for this year's Cooperative Month is "Cooperatives -- Businesses People Trust." HEA is one of the nation's 48,000 cooperative businesses.
"Cooperatives are found in every state of the union and serve approximately 120 million people -- nearly half the population of the United States," said Joe Gallagher, public relations and member services coordinator for HEA. "And 31 million of that number are served by 1,000 electric cooperatives in 46 states."
One of the things that distinguishes electric co-ops from investor-owned utilities is involvement in community activities, said Gallagher.
On the Kenai Peninsula, HEA's involvement includes safety programs at schools and health fairs. It also contributes fiber-optics to the school system and the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, which is located in Kenai.
Another distinguishing factor of electric co-ops is member-owners have a voice and vote in cooperative matters, said Gallagher.
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