REC Employees Give Back To The Communities They Serve

Feb. 11, 2014

Supporting the communities it serves is a priority for REC and its employees. In 2013, REC employees raised over $83,000 through their volunteer organization, Project Big Heart (PBH). The money is used to support worthy causes in the areas served by REC.

"Employees joined together to form PBH to contribute their dollars to the local community and to be personally involved in the very localities where they live and work," said Jennifer Melerski, field engineering representative and president of PBH. "Through PBH, employees are able to collectively make a meaningful difference in the lives of others."

Volunteering in each of the Cooperative's offices (Blue Ridge, Bowling Green, Culpeper and Fredericksburg), employees organized golf tournaments, raffles, a bowling tournament, dress down for hunger days and many more fundraising activities. Funds were then donated throughout the service area to local non-profit organizations.

"PBH has made a significant contribution to our communities over the years," said Matt Faulconer, REC's manager of external affairs. "REC's employees have a real passion for serving the Cooperative's members and giving back to the community. For more than 20 years, PBH has provided a mechanism for coordinating and maximizing their efforts."

REC provides electric service to over 158,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock manages and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.