REC Wins Community Impact Award
Feb. 3, 2016
At the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Gala on Friday, REC received the Chamber's Community Impact Award, given to a business or organization that expands opportunities to improve lives in the local community.
Kent Farmer, REC’s president and chief executive officer, accepted the award on behalf of the Cooperative. “We are so proud to receive this recognition,” he said following the event. “Part of REC’s mission is to support the communities we serve, and everyone at REC takes great pride in our community involvement. To have enough of an impact to be recognized by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce for our efforts is exciting and indicates that we are accomplishing our mission.”
REC participates in over 200 community events throughout its territory each year. It also provides scholarships for area students, distributes grants to schools, emergency services and non-profits and donates to over 150 local charities. Its employee funded charity, Project Big Heart, raised over $50,000 for philanthropic organizations in 2015. Several employees at the Cooperative also participate on boards of directors for Rappahannock United Way, Empowerhouse, Fredericksburg Regional SPCA and the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance among others.
REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates 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. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
REC CEO Kent Farmer accepts the Community Impact Award.