A guiding principle of rural electric cooperatives is “Commitment to Community.” One way Western Iowa Power Cooperative (WIPCO) demonstrates that commitment is by supporting programs that educate and encourage youth activities.

WIPCO recently partnered with affiliated cooperatives, CoBank and Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) by providing cash donations to benefit the Monona County and Crawford County Fair Associations. The county fair associations actively support community groups such as 4-H, Extension, and other service oriented agencies by instructing and educating youth and adults through exhibits and the County Fairs.

CoBank is a cooperative bank providing financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. In August, WIPCO applied to CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program.  Sharing Success matches qualifying contributions by its cooperative customers to nonprofit organizations of their choice.

NIPCO is the wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative owned by Western Iowa Power Cooperative and five other rural electric cooperatives and a full-service municipal electric cooperative serving six western Iowa towns. NIPCO jointly sponsored a summer golf tournament with local, regional and national businesses and raised money that was given to each cooperative to be donated to the organization of their choice.

 “WIPCO strives not only to provide value to our members but to improve the quality of life in the local communities we serve,” said Jeff Bean, Western Iowa Power Cooperative general manager.

“We commend the county fair associations and the great work they do to educate, promote, and showcase the agricultural, business, industry and life of Crawford and Monona County citizens of all ages.”

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