Community News Archives

Football game pictureREC Attends H.S. Football
Game in Essex County

September - The Cooperative's community van traveled to Essex County for a highly anticipated football matchup between Essex County High School and King William County High School.  REC employees greeted fans from both teams and handed out seat cushions. 


Montpelier Farmers MarketCo-op Employees Share Information
at Montpelier Farmers Market

September - REC employees had a blast meeting members at the Montpelier Farmers Market in Hanover County. They shared information about the Cooperative and handed out thermal tote bags for members to use to carry their produce. from the market..


Ladysmith Farmers Market REC Visits with Members at
Farmers Market in Ladysmith

September - Cooperative employees greeted market-goers at the Route 639 Farmers Market in Ladysmith in Caroline County.

It was a great way to connect with REC members, answer questions and provide energy-eifficiency tips.


Lafayette Upper Elementary School Safety Demonstration 2017Students Receive Demo
on Electric Safety

August - REC taught electric safety to students in the summer camp program at Lafayette Upper Elementary School in Fredericksburg. Fourth- and fifth-graders were able to check out a tabletop electric safety demonstration and learn how to be safe around electricity.


2017 Frederick County FairREC's Community Trailer
Makes Stop at Frederick Fair

August - REC was in the Clear Brook for the Frederick County Fair. Co-op employees greeted fairgoers and provided information about electric safety, storm preparation and answered questions from members about a wide range of topics. An estimated 36,000 people attend the fair each year.


Fauquier County FairREC Visits with Members
at Fauquier County Fair

July - Cooperative employees had a great time meeting members at this year's Fauquier County Fair. They shared outage information, answered questions and handed out fun items such as REC Frisbees and toy hats.


Orange County FairREC Builds Community
Connections at Orange Fair

July - Cooperative employees brought the REC community trailer to the Orange County Fair this year. They shared outage information and brought the ever-popular REC prize wheel.




Caroline County FairAt Caroline County Fair
REC Connects with Members

July - Cooperative employees had a fantastic time meeting REC members at the Caroline County Fair this year. It's always a fun event, and REC looks forward to participating in the event each year.



Montpelier Farmers MarketCo-op Employees Stop by
Montpelier Farmers Market

July - REC employees took the Cooperative's Community Van to the Montpelier Farmers Market recently at the Montpelier Center for Arts & Education in Hanover County. They provided information related to outage preparation and also The Power of Change.



Virginia Herb FestivalREC Visits with Members
at Festival in Middletown

June - REC employees attended the Virginia Herb Festival in Middletown. The festival highlights the area's agrarian lifestyle and specifically the local growers of culinary herbs. Hundreds of people attended and were able to visit REC's booth, which featured information about The Power of Change through Operation Round Up.



Virginia Cooperative Council PictureCooperative Participates
in Spring Kids Festival

May - REC attended the recent Spring Kids Festival in downtown Orange. This family event welcomed hundreds of children with street performers, music, food and fun for all who attended. Cooperative employees enjoyed chatting with the children and their parents and sharing safety information.

Virginia Cooperative Council PictureGE Employees Receive
Energy-Efficiency Tips

May - Cooperative employees shared energy-efficiency tips with approximately 200 GE employees at the recent GE Energy Connections gathering in Charlottesville. The event was a health and safety fair.

Virginia Cooperative Council PictureAt Liberty High,
REC shares career information

May - REC employees attended the Liberty High School career fair in Bealeton. REC participates is various career fairs throughout the territory to share information about various career opportunities at the Cooperative. Today’s students are tomorrow’s employees and members.



Virginia Cooperative Council PictureREC Shares Information About Cooperatives with Students

April - REC attended the Virginia Cooperative Council's annual Virginia Institute of Cooperative Education and provided a presentation titled, "Electric Cooperatives, Powering a Changing Rural America." Students learned about cooperatives and how the cooperative business model works. The conference is held at Graves Mountain Lodge in Madison County.

Virginia Heritage Community Picture Spotsylvania Residents Learn
Different Energy-Saving Tips

April - Residents of the Virginia Heritage Community in Spotsylvania learned from REC about saving money on their energy bills. Attendees learned about many different energy-saving tips they could implement at home and received a brief tutorial on how to sign up for MyREC SmartHub.




Louisa High School Career Day 2017 PictureREC Participates in Career du Jour
with Students at Louisa High School

April - The annual Career Day for high school students in Louisa County was held at Louisa County High School. Cooperative employees shared information about how REC members report outages and how linemen restore service. They also spoke about the various jobs at the cooperative.





Bowling Green Career Day 2017Co-op Connects with Kids
at Bowling Green Event

March - REC attended the annual Career Day at Bowling Green Elementary School. Students spent time learning about the Cooperative and how linemen work to keep the lights on and how they stay safe doing so. They were also able to try on gloves and sleeves and check out the bucket truck.



Culpeper Career Day 2017Culpeper Students
Learn about REC

March - The annual Career Expo for all eighth-,10th-, and 12th-graders in Culpeper County Public Schools was held at Eastern View High School. Hundreds of students had the opportunity to speak to employees from local businesses and learn firsthand about different occupations. REC was proud to participate.




A.G. Richardson Career Day Photo from 2017In Culpeper, REC employees
attend school Career Day

February - Cooperative employees visited A.G. Richardson Elementary School in Culpeper to participate in the school's annual career day. They demonstrated several tools that linemen use in their job and shared information about careers in the local offices. Students had the opportunity to learn about the cooperative and ask questions.


Youth Tour PictureYouth Tour Students
Visit Capitol in Richmond

February - REC's 2016 Youth Tour students were able to take a tour of the Capitol building and the Executive Mansion in Richmond. They also attended a legislative session and met with elected officials.



Lewis and Clarke Safety Demo PictureStudents See Demonstration
on Electric Safety

December - REC employees visited Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Caroline County to provide electric safety demonstrations to the school's fourth grade students. Five classes were able to learn not only about electric safety, but also about insulators, conductors and circuits.


Photo from 2016 Caroline County Middle School Career FairAt Caroline Middle School
students learn about REC

November - REC was excited to once again attend Caroline Middle School's career day. Hundreds of students were able to discuss careers at the Cooperative.



Picture from Ethics Workshop in Warren CountyREC Participates in Ethics
Workshop in Warren County

November - REC was proud to attend an Ethics Workshop for Warren County High School seniors. It was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Front Royal and coordinated by the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce. This event was for seniors at both Warren County and Skyline High Schools.


Picture from 2016 Clarke County STEM eventIn Clarke County, REC
Attends STEM event

November - REC employees attended Clarke County High School's annual STEM Festival. The evening's activities featured area businesses and non-profit groups sharing fun and interactive games, projects or information focused on an area related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.




Madison Trick or Trunk PhotoCo-op Employees Visit
with Families in Madison

October - Halloween is a night of fright for some, but an evening of fun for others. REC’s Power of Community trailer provided the latter for the annual Madison Trick or Trunk at Madison County High School. Hundreds of children visited the event to trick-or-treat and many area businesses joined REC to hand out candy to the children in a safe environment.The weather provided a beautiful evening for trick-or-treating.


Photo from Essex County Trunk or Treat REC Offers Halloween
Treats at Essex event

October - Cooperative employees passed out candy and REC toy hard hats at Ephesus Baptist Church in Dunnesville. Approximately 75 kids in costumes and their parents were in attendance for a safe, family-oriented trick-or-treat event. An REC bucket truck was also on display




Photo - Girl Scout Adventure Day in CulpeperLinemen visit with Scouts
at Adventure Day in Culpeper

October - REC's Culpeper office participated in the annual Girl Scout Adventure Day at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds. Employees were on hand with linemen tools and an REC bucket truck to provide the Scouts with hands-on activities. Adventure Day is a chance for area Girl Scouts to learn and do interesting things.



Photo - 2016 Bowling Green Harvest FestivalREC Connects with members
at Bowling Green Harvest Festival

October - The Town of Bowling Green held its annual Harvest Festival and REC was on hand to share safety and storm preparedness tips with fairgoers. The event is always well attended, and this year’s festival was made even better by the excellent weather.





Photo: Spotsylvania students visit REC on STEM tourSpotsylvania students
visit REC on STEM tour

October - High school students from two Spotsylvania schools visited REC as part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career day. Two classes from Massaponax and one group from Chancellor toured REC's Solar Garden, the dispatch center and the data center.



Photo - REC attends Explore the Wow Career ExpoStudents learn about
careers at the co-op

October - REC participated in the Explore the Wow Career Expo in Winchester. This event brings middle school students from Frederick, Warren, Clarke, Shenandoah and Rappahannock counties to a central location where they learn about careers from local businesses, non-profit agencies and government agencies. REC employees spoke with students about careers at the co-op.



Picture from Warren County Festival of LeavesCo-op Visits with Members
at Festival of Leaves

October - The outskirts of Hurricane Matthew did nothing to dampen the spirits of the vendors and visitors to the Warren Heritage Society’s Festival of Leaves in Front Royal. REC employees provided information about the Co-op Connections program and had visitors spin REC’s prize wheel for special Co-op Connection prizes, or the chance at winning a special gift from a local business.



Picture from 2016 VDOT Safety DayREC Shares Information at
VDOT Employee Safety Day

October - Linemen from REC's Bowling Green office demonstrated live line electric safety to VDOT's Fredericksburg District staff. The demonstration focused on safety near overhead and underground power lines, how to avoid electrical hazards during storms and vehicle accidents and also showed how various pieces of equipment operate on REC’s distribution system.

Chester Gap Community Fair Picture 2016Co-op Connects with Members
at Chester Gap Community Fair

September - REC took its ever-fun photo booth to visitors at Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department's annual community fair. This event provided residents with the opportunity to visit with their local fire department for a day of fun, activities, food and education. Co-op employees visited with many local residents as they enjoyed their fun day. And REC helped with the fun by interacting with people in the photo booth and handing out toy hard hats.


For additional information about community programs contact:

• Brian Wolfe, REC's public relations specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5914

• Justin Cruise, REC's public relations specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5905

Ask a question about community programs