Community News Archives


Year in Review2017: REC's Year in Review

Over the past year, REC has participated in nearly 300 community events. Whether at a farmer's market, county fair, school event, or a parade, REC has traveled across the service territory to meet members in person and provide safety and energy-efficiency tips. See More ...

Middletown Christmas ParadeREC Spreads Holiday Cheer
in Middletown Parade

December - Cooperative Employees were excited to join the Town of Middletown's annual Christmas Parade.

They had a great time walking among the many cheerful entries and visiting with members along the parade route.


Orange County VA Christmas Parade PhotoIn Orange County, REC Proudly
Participates in Christmas Parade

December - REC employees decorated one of the Cooperative's iconic yellow trucks for the annual Christmas Parade in Orange.

Even Frosty came along for the ride!


Greene County parade photoCooperative is All Smiles
at Greene County Parade

December - REC always has a blast at the annual Christmas Parade in Greene County.

This year was no different, as Cooperative employees joined in the holiday spirit and celebrated with members.


Frog Level Parade imageREC's Drives Electric
Vehicle in Frog Level Parade

December - Cooperative employees drove REC's new electric vehicle in this year's Frog Level Fire Department Fall Festival and Parade in Caroline County.

A good time was had by all!




Festival of LeavesFestival of Leaves Attendees
Learn about Cooperative

October - REC took part in the annual Shenandoah Valley Festival of Leaves in Front Royal. The festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. REC employees spoke with many of those visitors and provided them information about their electric cooperative. The festival is a fundraiser for the Warren Heritage Society, which has held the Festival of Leaves since 1971.


Energy Saving Trees ProgramREC Distributes
Energy-Saving Trees

October - REC's Energy Saving Trees program was a huge success as nearly 200 members in Essex, King William, King and Queen and Caroline counties were educated about planting trees. REC partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide up to 200 trees for free using an online process that gives members information on where to plant the tree to save energy on their home's energy bill.


Community DayREC Participates
in Community Day

September - REC employees participated in a Community Day sponsored by local churches at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. They presented REC's electric safety demo and also provided other tips and information about REC. Various community organizations came together to provide a fun, interactive day of games and information.



Day of ActionREC Teams Up with United Way
to Help Homeless Families

September - Several employees from the Fredericksburg office took part in Rappahannock United Way's annual Day of Action. They assisted Loisann's Hope House, an organization that assists homeless families in Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Caroline, Stafford and King George.


Day of CaringCulpeper Employees Volunteer
for Day of Caring Project

September - REC employees arrived with chain saws and tools in hand at the Orange County Boys & Girls Club ready to work in the woods behind the facility. The project was part of the United Way's Day of Caring. By the end of the day, the beautiful trails were cleaned up and safe for the children to use again.


Orange Street Festival 2017At Orange Street Festival,
REC Trailer Draws a Crowd

September - Cooperative employees brought REC's new trailer to the Orange Street Festival, where REC employees greeted a steady flow of members. REC employees brought a prize wheel and shared information about safety, energy efficiency and outage information.



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.




For additional information about community programs contact:

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

• Lindsey Edwards, REC's public relations specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5899

• Terri Bevers, REC's member engagement specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5912

Ask a question about community programs