Community Service Project 2017
On Saturday May 13, 2017 employees from Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) spent the morning giving back to their community. Each year PPEC does a community service project as a way to give back, this follows one of the Cooperative Principles, “Concern for Community.” This year they volunteered at the Van Wert County Humane Society. It isn’t the normal way of volunteering by playing with the dogs or feeding the cats, instead the employees painted the garage, replaced and moved the flag pole, landscaped around the house, fixed the quarantine units and made a new mailbox. Judy Wygant is a member of the C.R.E.W. (Community Relations & Employee Wellness Committee) a committee that works together to plan special events for PPEC with wellness and community service. “The Humane Society is a wonderful organization that gets very little recognition. Countless animals are abandoned and face starvation, painful injuries and illness. Without this organization these animals would be on the streets with no hope or end to this suffering. I was extremely excited to help them in any way possible. Giving an animal the chance of a happy life is unmeasurable.”
The Humane Society was grateful for the twenty-five employees that took time out of their Saturday morning. “Whether it is big or small, we care and will do what we can to help. There was a huge change from the time we started to the time we finished on Saturday. When all of the employees work together it makes things look easy and it turns out to be a great success,” stated C.R.E.W. committee member Jeff Ferris.
For four years now, Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op continues to stand by their Cooperative Principles as they serve their members and community. Peter Niagu, a member of the C.R.E.W. committee added “I feel giving back to the community is extremely important to the cooperative, because it is the very reason why Electric Co-ops exists today. 80 years ago, the community came together to form the Electric Cooperative, strengthening the lives of our members. This is why it is extremely important to continue giving back to the community strengthening it as we did 80 years ago. We should never forget what it means to be part of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative and where we came from.”