Kenton, OH—Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Inc., today announced its 2017 community outreach contributions, in which the not-for-profit electric co-op, serving members in Hardin and nine additional north-central Ohio counties, reaffirmed its commitment as a civic partner dedicated to the advancement of social service to its consumers as well as community.
In 2017, Mid-Ohio Energy contributed $23,742 in Hardin County via its “Community Fund,” a program by which the cooperative’s members (consumers) voluntarily round their monthly invoices to the next dollar to donate proceeds to local charitable organizations. Mid-Ohio Energy also awarded $6,700 in college scholarships to 10 area high school seniors. In addition, the co-op returned $677,000 in capital credits—revenue that exceeds operational costs—to its member base. In the past decade, Mid-Ohio Energy's community contributions total 6.8M dollars within its 10-county territory, with nearly half of those funds staying right here in Hardin County.
Mid Ohio crew assists with placing "welcome to Kenton" signs
Mid-Ohio Energy's relationship with the Kenton community goes beyond the numbers. Their Kenton headquarters, constructed in 2016, is a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility that is frequently used by community-based groups for events ranging from meetings and tax preparation sessions, grain rescue demonstrations, and even the Kenton Fire Department's dive team exercises in the on-site pond. The co-op's unique set of resources have been used to assist with many projects-- such as partnering with the Kenton Rotary to place the "Welcome to Kenton" signs to greet individuals as they enter the city. The cooperative's entire workforce resides locally and works directly from our Kenton and Marion offices.
Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies Receive Mid Ohio grant
“Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative has been ingrained in the Kenton community since our inception,” said Mid-Ohio Energy President & CEO John Metcalf. “As we grew, we realized that we had a huge opportunity to do more than just provide electricity. We wanted to establish ourselves as a trusted community resource to serve not only our members but also our local communities. We’re proud of the fact that our families live, work, and participate in the Kenton area.
“We believe that we’re making a difference. Our business model is based on the not-for-profit cooperative difference, including the pillars of local control; rate stability; community development; and member-ownership. We’re looking forward to serving the Kenton community for many more years,” Metcalf noted.