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Perspective: Community Partners

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As a cooperative, one of our guiding principles is “Concern for Community.” Here at Jackson EMC, we’re a hands-on organization when it comes to serving our community. Our employees have a passion for community service and you may have seen them volunteering at local schools, food banks and service organizations. Those opportunities are typically accomplished with groups of employees dedicating their time to helping others. 

This year we wanted to go farther and really step up our community service efforts. We decided it was time for a BHAG. What’s a BHAG you ask? That’s a “big hairy audacious goal.” It’s a term used to describe an extraordinary goal. A goal that’s bold enough to have a huge impact. 

Our “BHAG” was to get every Jackson EMC employee involved in the same initiative in a meaningful way at the same time. We set a goal to package and deliver 3,000 care packages with everyday hygiene supplies for local students who may not otherwise have them. 

To make that happen, we designated a special day in April for all employees to roll up their sleeves and assemble care packages. At each of our locations we set up assembly lines. We anticipated it would take most of the day, but it went much faster. With the enthusiasm of the team and working in shifts, we completed all 3,000 packages by mid-day and had them ready to be delivered to schools across our service area. Wow! It was incredible to see and even more fun to be part of an effort like that. 

The good news is that was just the beginning. Our employees also volunteered over the week for special opportunities to serve others. Working alongside our nonprofit partners in the community, employees helped complete several special projects across our service area. 

It’s an honor to support the great work that is done by the many outstanding nonprofits in our area. It’s clear that each of them have their own BHAGs. And they are doing a tremendous job helping those who need it most. 

You’re also helping these organizations by supporting the Jackson EMC Foundation through your participation in Operation Round Up. The small change donated by members adds up to improving lives and meeting community needs through the grants awarded by the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors. 

At Jackson EMC, we’re not just your power provider; we’re a part of the community. We care about our members and making our community better. Working together we can accomplish great things…even BHAGs, when we set our minds to it. 

Have a story to share about our involvement in the community? Email me at [email protected].