Loyalty is a prized virtue – to country, family, even the schools we attend. We keep those ties strong throughout our lives, myself included.
We at York Electric Cooperative also have loyalties, to the members and communities we serve. We have deep connections here because York, Lancaster, Chester and Cherokee counties are our home, and you are our neighbors.
When you signed up for service with York Electric Cooperative, you became a member, not a customer— because each of our 58,000 members owns a portion of the co-op.
That means we care about improving the quality of life in the areas we serve. From sponsoring recreational events, local festivals or by taking donations to the local food bank, York Electric Cooperative invests in the places where you live and work.
York Electric Cooperative doesn’t exist to make profits for distant investors on Wall Street. We exist to provide you with safe, reliable, and affordable electric service—and doing so in a way that makes things better for future generations. Because electric co-ops operate on a not-for-profit basis, we have no need to increase revenues above what it takes to run our business in a financially sound manner. This structure helps keep your electric bills affordable.
We take our jobs seriously, but we also take our community roles seriously, too. That’s why we offer TEN $1,000 scholarships to area high schools to college-bound seniors, a Floyd D. Johnson School-to-Work scholarship (turn to page 20B in the Co-op News EXTRA section of this issue of South Carolina Living to see this year’s recipients) as well as a Touchstone Energy Utility Lineworker Training scholarship for a student enrolled in the program at York Technical College and a general scholarship to a student attending York Technical College. Your cooperative also sends two high school juniors to Washington, D.C., every summer to learn about history and government.
We don’t participate in these activities simply because it’s nice to do, or even the right thing to do. We do it because we remain loyal to our members, our neighbors, our home—and have a mission to make life better in the areas we serve.