The power of cooperation strengthens cooperatives and their members.
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively when they work together. Flathead Electric Cooperative partners with cooperatives next door and nationwide, along with the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA).
The power of cooperation strengthens cooperatives and their members. In times of major outages, co-ops quickly respond with “mutual aid,” sending their own crews and resources to help with restoration. Working together saves money and greatly reduces the amount of time that members are without power.
Another example of this cooperation is seen with Youth Tour. Cooperatives nationwide collectively send about 1,500 high-school students to Washington, D.C., each summer. There, students learn about the history of our country and the role electric cooperatives played in that history. Students also meet with their congressional delegation. The Montana Electric Co-op Association generally sends over 25 young Montanans each year, at no cost to those students. You’ll meet one from Flathead Electric Co-op in this issue of Light Reading!