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.
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.