Week of Service brings employees, communities together

Employees proudly represented Great River Energy at several nonprofit organizations June 17-20 as part of the cooperative’s third-annual Week of Service. The volunteer event had employees rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand in Minnesota and North Dakota communities.

Volunteers in Minnesota cleaned the visitor center and weeded gardens at the historic Oliver Kelley Farm; beautified the grounds at the Guardian Angels Care Center for senior citizens; packed 180 food kits, 160 fruit bags and assembled 8,000 mailers for the supplemental summer food program at the CAER Food Shelf; bathed animals, cleaned and organized the rescue center, and assembled adoption packets at Happy Tails Rescue; and made more than 500 sandwiches for homeless shelters and low-income food shelves with The Sandwich Project.

Great River Energy employees, from left, Carissa Riehl, Sam Fischer, Tammey Schutt and Ben Gress volunteered at the Soup Café during this year’s Week of Service.

North Dakota employees were busy at several volunteer activities as well. They picked up litter along Highways 83 and 62; cleaned facilities at Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue; prepared and served meals at the Soup Café; spruced up the Underwood Pioneer Park and Underwood Veterans Park; and donated blood.

Between Minnesota and North Dakota, 98 employees donated more than 300 hours of their time to local communities – and saved up to 96 lives through blood donations.

Great River Energy is a corporate citizen that believes in supporting the communities it serves, even beyond business purposes. The co-op exemplifies the “concern for community” cooperative principle, in part, by encouraging employees to participate in volunteer opportunities.