February - REC participated in the African American Heritage Night held at Courtland High School on Wednesday, February 12. Hosted by Rho Zeta Sigma the event was held to celebrate African American History Month with Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County.
February - On Tuesday, February 4, REC's Blue Ridge office supported the efforts of two local temporary thermal shelters by donating much needed supplies. The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal and the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) offer a warm, safe place to sleep, as well as food and basic needs to the homeless during the cold winter months.
January - Community leaders came together as celebrity waiters at Peppers Grill in Culpeper on Thursday, January 30 to help raise money for Brandy Station’s Shiloh Baptist Church that burned down in November. The event helped raise over $30,000 for the rebuilding of the church.
January - Local businesses were invited to share health and safety information at the Waverly Yowell Elementary School's Family Night Out event on Thursday, January 16 in Madison. Children spun the prize wheel and answered safety questions. While REC employees talked with parents about keeping an outage kit stocked, how power is restored and the benefits of outage text alerts.
January - On Thursday, January 23, REC employees spoke with students at the Powhatan School in Clarke County. The students saw a safety demonstration showing them different lessons on electric safety, including scenarios of when to be aware of power lines and how REC employees use protective gear to stay safe while on the job.
January - REC employees talked with members and the public at the Virginia Home Show on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26. Folks were able to spin the prize wheel while they learned about EV charging, SmartHub and Cooperative Sunshare.
January - Wednesday, January 15, RECspoke with a cub scout pack in Montpelier about staying safe around electricity. The scouts were able to see the safety demonstration showing them different lessons on electric safety, including scenarios of when to be aware of power lines and how REC employees use protective gear to stay safe while on the job.
December -Employees in Bowling Green helped to start spread the holiday cheer in Caroline County. On Monday, December 2, 2019 by hanging wreaths for Caroline County on two of the county buildings. Using a bright yellow REC bucket truck, the linemen easily worked to lift the wreaths into place.
November - On Friday, November 22, REC employees spoke with students at Caroline County Middle School about their job interests and the various opportunities available at REC. Students enjoyed learning about the many different departments that offer careers in field and office work.
November - Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County hosted their annual career day on Friday, November 22. Co-op employees spoke with students about their careers at REC and showed them some of the gear they use to do their jobs every day. The big yellow bucket truck was also a big hit
Camping for Hunger
November - Employees held a Community Give event to support Camping for Hunger hosted by The River 95.3 in Front Royal. The annual event benefits the Front Royal/Warren County C-CAP by assisting residents in need with donations of food and other items. REC Employees shopped for food, stuffed REC's community van with the donations, BR PBH donated to the organization and then the food and check were delivered to the drop off location on Thursday, November 21. REC's help went a long way towards helping stuff the bus and assistiing the local community.
November -Shampoo, conditioner, tooth brushes, tooth paste, good night diapers and laundry detergent were purchased for the Treasure House, an organization that distributes necessities to students attending Spotsylvania County Schools and their families. The items were delivered to the organization by REC employees on Nov. 8.
November - On Wednesday, November 13 REC participated in the annual Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce's Ethics Workshop. Local business representatives provided students from Warren County High School and Skyline High School with valuable exercises in decision making and critical thinking about various topics they may face.
November - On Thursday, November 14, REC employees spoke with students and their families at the Beaverdam Elementary School career day which was held that evening. Students were able to try on the lineman’s gear and see some equipment up close, while their parents learned about how SmartHub can make their busy lives easier.
November -On Friday, November 8 REC participated in the Rappahannock County High School Career Day. REC employees visited with the school's students describing their jobs and talking with the students about the different departments and careers at REC.
November - REC participated in the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce's "Three Strikes Makes a Turkey" bowling tournament on November 7. No word was provided as to how many Turkeys, or gutter balls for that matter, were bowled!
November -REC visited with 4th grade students at Emerald Hill Elementary School in Culpeper on November 6 and 7. Students learned about how electricity is generated and delivered to homes and businesses. And they also learned the importance of using electricity safely and showed them how REC line workers protect themselves daily on the the job.
November-On Wednesday, November 6 REC participated in the annual Clarke County STEM Festival at Clarke County High School. REC employees spoke with the high school's students and parents about REC's Green Together EV, offering them information on how the car works and is charged.
Trunk or Treat
Octber - REC attended the Trunk or Treat at Ephesus Baptist Church in Essex County on Sunday, October 27. Children were given candy and a kids hard hat to add to their costumes.
Fall Festival and Parade
Octber - On Saturday, October 26 REC employees drove the bucket truck in the Frog Level Parade in Caroline County and spoke with members about REC’s electric vehicle and answered questions about electric vehicle charging at the festival which took place after the parade.
Trunk or Treat
Octber - Employees from REC's Bowling Green office handed out candy and kids hard hats at the Acquinton Elementary School in King William for their annual Truck or Treat event. Over 300 children and their parents were in attendance for this fun event on Friday, October 25!
Octber - REC brought a bucket truck to the Louisa County High School Homecoming parade supporting the local school system on Thursday, October 24. many different community organizations participated in the parade showcasing their spirit in the Louisa community.
Octber -On Thursday, October 24 REC made a community donation to the Warren County Schools Special Services Department. Students who are homeless or not living in full housing units are in need of many supplies they cannot afford on their own. The department was very thankful for REC's donation.
Octber -REC’s Chevy Bolt made an appearance once again at the Brandy Station VFD Car, Truck, Tractor & Motorcycle Show on Saturday, October 19. REC employees that attended had plenty of opportunities to talk to members about the electric vehicle.
Octber -On Saturday October 19 REC employees enjoyed spending the day at the Bowling Green Harvest Festival. They were able to talk with members while they spun the prize wheel and posed in the REC photo booth! Everyone loved getting their picture taken.
Trunk or Treat
Octber -Halloween came early to Emerald Hill Elementary School on Friday, October 18. Employees from REC's Culpeper office had a great time handing out candy at the Trunk or Treat event. The children really enjoyed receiving their candy from REC!
Cub Scout Presentation
Octber -REC was invited to The Arrow of Light Cub Scout Den in Culpeper on Monday, October 14. One of the requirements for their Building a Better world badge is learning about energy in other parts of the world. It was perfect timing for Dillon Sheads to share his Bolivian experience. The boys enjoyed Dillon’s stories and the videos.
First Responders Day
Octber -Saturday, October 12REC attended Louisa County’s First Responders Day to honor all first responders. They brought the bucket truck for families to see and ask questions about REC. The children in particular loved getting in and on the yellow bucket truck.
Octber -On Saturday, October 12 Employees from the Bowling Green office had a great time showing off the bucket truck and letting members spin the prize wheel at the Beaverdam Heritage Day. Everyone had a great time while visiting with REC!
Octber - Culpeper employees participated in two new Oktoberfest events this year on Saturday, October 12 where they set up the Plinko game at the Corner Store Oktoberfest in Ruckersville in Greene County. Employees also attended the Orlean Market Oktoberfest with the ever popular prize wheel. A great time was had by all.
Festival of Leaves
Octber - On Saturday, October 12 the annual Festival of Leaves was held in Front Royal. Thousands of visitors visited with local businesses and agencies that were participating. REC employees from the Blue ridge office showcased REC's Green Together electric vehicle. They provided information on how they work and are charged.
Touch a Truck
Octber - REC Linemen visited with students at Hilda J Barbour Elementary School in Warren County on Thursday, October 10. The students got to see their bucket truck and the tools they use daily on the job. The students really loved their time with the linemen!
Octber -Thursday, October 10 REC employees spoke with fourth grade students at Lewis and Clark elementary school in Caroline County about electric safety. The students were able to see the safety demonstration while having a discussion on how they can stay safe around electricity.
Octber -Over 700 Culpeper County 5th graders from public, private and home schools attended on a rotating schedule for 2 days of hands on activities at the Culpeper STEM AirFest Oct 9 and 10. Linemen from REC's Culpeper office used their gear and safety live line trailer to talk about their careers as linemen and electrical safety.
Discover Your Future
Octber - On Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10 employees from multiple departments attended Discover Your Future at the Fredericksburg Expo where they answered questions and explored hands-on career opportunities with over 5,000 8th grade students from multiple local schools.
Aging Together Expo
Octber - REC participated in the The Art of Aging Together Business Expo at the Germanna Daniel Center in Culpeper on Tuesday, October 8. Joanie and Josh talked to members about assembling an outage preparedness kit and the benefits of SmartHub.
Touch a Truck
September - Linemen brought an REC bucket truck to Aylett County Day School’s annual Touch-a-Truck day on Sunday, September 29. The students and their parents enjoyed seeing the truck and all the tools that linemen use every day to keep the lights on!
September - On Saturday, September 28, REC attended the Ashland Farmers Market where we were able to show folks REC’s electric vehicle and the electric vehicle charger. Many visitors enjoyed seeing the electric car up close and had lots of questions about the it.
September - The World of Works (WoW) Career Expo was held on Friday, September 27 at Shenandoah University's Wilkins Center. Middle School students from Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Rappahannock Counties visited with area businesses in various business clusters to learn about career opportunities available to them.
Safety Day & Welness Expo
September - REC attended the TRIAD of Front Royal Senior Safety & Wellness Expo on September 25 in Front Royal. They provided information about REC including Sunshare, MyREC Smarthub and much, much more to the seniors in attendance. TRIAD is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies, senior citizens and non-profits to assist senior citizens.
Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
September - Saturday, September 21 marked J and R's fourth Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show in Madison. The event benefits the Literacy Council of Madison. REC employees had the opportunity to show off REC’s Chevy Bolt and answer questions from curious members.
September - On Saturday, September 21, REC participated in the Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival. The event was held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Members and the public were able to learn about electric vehicles and their charging stations.
September - Career Partners, Inc. hosted two days of mock interviews at Eastern View High School on September 11 and 12 for high school students in Culpeper, helping them prepare for entering the work force. REC had the opportunity to connect with tomorrow’s workforce and give them experience in a real time interview setting.
Day of Caring
September - The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley hosted their annual Day of Caring on Thursday, September 12. Blue Ridge employees participated in two projects. At the Heritage Child Development Center in Berryville and at the AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center in Winchester where they worked to help spruce up the grounds.
Live Line Demo
September - REC’s Live Line demonstration was presented to VDOT employees on Tuesday, September 10. VDOT employees from Essex, King and Queen, Matthews, King William, Middlesex and Gloucester counties learned the importance of being aware of the dangers of power lines whether during routine work or when working after severe weather has impacted the area.
Community Safety Fair
September - Valley Health Services of Winchester and the City of Winchester's Police Department held their annual Community Safety Fair on Saturday, September 7 at Jim Barnett Park. REC's table top safety demonstration taught children and their parents how to be safe while using electricity.
Motors for Mutts
September - On Saturday, September 7, REC employees participated in the Motors for Mutts event which was a fundraiser for local animal shelters. Members were able to learn about electric vehicles and their charging stations as well as see the bucket truck and other tools that the linemen use every day to ensure reliable electric service.
Disaster Preparedness Day
September - REC employees educated members on how they can ready their house for a natural disaster at Caroline County’s Storm Preparedness Day on Saturday, September 7. Members learned what to include in their storm prep kits and how REC communicates with them during a major outage.
Orange Street Festival
September - REC was in attendance at the Orange Street Festival in downtown Orange on Saturday, September 7. REC employees mingled with the hundreds of people in attendance. Many children stepped up to spin the prize wheel and employees had an opportunity to talk with the grownups about Sunshare and other cooperative programs.
September - REC employees enjoyed greeting local members at the Madison County Farmers Market on Saturday, August 7. Stephanie and Amanda handed out the ever popular REC thermal tote bags and shared information about SmartHub and The Power of Change.
Taste of the Mountains
August - Employees from REC’s Culpeper office stayed busy all day long at Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival in Madison on Saturday, August 31. Employees had a chance to share information about Cooperative Sunshare and other REC programs and of course everyone enjoyed spinning to win at the prize wheel.
Farm Safety Day
August - The Madison Virginia Cooperative Extension partnered with the Orange, Madison, Greene, Culpeper, and Rappahannock Farm Service Agency for a Farm Safety Day on Thursday, August 29 . Lineman from REC's Culpeper office contributed to the event by providing a live line safety demonstration.
August - REC added a family fun section to Greene Farmer’s Market in Stanardsville on Saturday, August 24. Employees enjoyed talking with members about cooperative programs and the electric vehicle as the children enjoyed the activities.
August - REC’s electric vehicle was atche Bowling Green Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 17. Many members stopped by to look inside the vehicle and learn about the different types of charging stations and other electric vehicle information. Market goers received a thermal tote to carry their produce and a pot holder to use when cooking.
King William Fest
August - REC attended the King William Fest on Saturday, August 17, where members could spin the prize wheel and check outREC's bucket truck. They also learned about REC’s Green Together programs and seeing the tools that linemen use every day to keep the power on.
Clarke County Fair
August - On Thursday, August 15 REC employees attended a night at the Clarke County Fair. They provided information about going Green Together with REC, including information about SunShare and electric vehicle charging stations. The ever popular Power of Community van and Plinko board were also on-hand. Children loved winning their prizes!
August - On August 14 REC enjoyed spending time at the annual Camp Fantastic field day in Culpeper County. REC linemen provided these special children with the unique opportunity of riding in the buckets of a few trucks. The children truly enjoy this activity and it provides them a memory of a lifetime.
Financial and Health Welness Fair
August - REC joined other local businesses at the Clarke County Schools Health/Financial Fair for teachers on Friday, August 9. This was a first year event for the school system and the attendees were happy with all of the information they received.
August - It was a busy day Friday, August 9 at Eastern View High School. Over 1,000 Culpeper County Public School employees had the opportunity to attend and mingle with local businesses. REC employees enjoyed sharing information about programs available to students of all ages, like Community Scholarships and safety demonstrations.
August - On Thursday, August 8, REC participated in the annual Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department parade. Those in attendance loved seeing the vehicles and waving to the REC employees
Warren County Fair
August - On Thursday, August 8 RECattended a night at the Warren County Fair. Information was provided about going Green Together with REC, including information about SunShare and electric vehicle charging stations. The ever popular Power of Community van and Plinko board were also on-hand. Children loved winning their prizes! !
August - REC joined other local businesses at the Orange County School's Vendor Fair on Tuesday, August 6. They shared information with teachers and staff about programs REC has to offer the community and schools. The raffle drawing for REC bag full of REC items and classroom supplies was a big hit and greatly appreciated by all of the teachers.
King William National Night Out
August - King William residents turned out in force at the Ruritan Park to support their community. REC provided information about the Cooperative. And REC's prize wheel was a big hit yet again!
Greene County National Night Out
August - REC provided information about REC's product and services to attendees in Stanardsville. The prize wheel as usual was a big hit and members loved winning their special REC gift.
Front Royal National Night Out
August - Parents and children alike were able to learn how to be safe around electricity while attending the event. Employeespresented REC's popular table top electric safety demo.
Berryville National Night Out
August - Employees showcased REC's Green Together electric vehicle to attendees. They were able to learn how the car operates and check out the car inside and out.
Beaverdam National Night Out
August - REC visited with members from Hanover County and provided them with information about REC's products and services. The pinball machine was a big hit with the young and old alike as they were able to play to win an REC prize.
Madison Vendor Fair
August - REC joined other local businesses at the Madison County School Board Vendor’s Fair on Monday, Aug. 5. Employees shared information with teachers and staff about REC programs for the community and schools. The drawing for the gift bag full of REC items and classroom supplies was a big hit and greatly appreciated by the Waverly Yowell Middle School teacher who won it.
August -On Thursday, August 1 REC attended a night at the Frederick County Fair. We provided information about SunShare and electric vehicle charging stations. The ever popular Power of Community van and Plinko board were also on-hand. Children loved winning their prizes!
New Teacher Reception
July - REC joined the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce in welcoming new teachers to Warren County on July 30th to celebrate the start of the new school year and welcome teachers new to the county. we shared information about REC's programs and services including SmartHub, Power of Change, and Community Grants and Scholarships.
July -REC's day at the Louisa County Agricultural Fair was held on Saturday, July 27. Members were able to spin the prize wheel, learn about electrical safety and how to be Green Together. Linemen brought the bucket truck and showed children and adults the gear that they wear every day to stay safe!
July -On Friday, July 19, REC attended a night at the Madison County Fair. Employees provided attendees with general information about the Cooperative. Everyone had a fun time spinning the prize wheel for an opportunity to win a prize.
July - Employees showed off REC's Green Together electric vehicle in the Madison County Fireman's Parade. This year's event was held on Wednesday, July 17. Everyone in attendance had a great time during this annual celebration during the Madison County Fair week.
Get Connected at Lake Anna
July - On Saturday, July 13 REC employees from the BG and FB offices provided an afternoon of fun activities for members and visitors to Tims at Lake Anna in Louisa. Local radio station 99.3 was also on hand to promote the event. Attendees had a fun time learning about REC, seeing the bucket trucks and playing cornhole!
July - Employees from REC's Culpeper office spent Wednesday, July 10 volunteering at the Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange (TACO). They ensured safe horseback rides for the camps participants by serving as horseback riding side walkers. TACO is a 4-H sponsored event that provides special needs youth with fun activities such as horseback riding during a week long camp.
Fourth of July
July - REC joiined members in Beaverdam on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day by driving the bucket truck in the local parade. REC also participated in the 4th of July parade in Stanardsville in Greene County. Members enjoyed seeing the REC vehicles!
June - REC employees participated in the disAbility Resource Center’s Rock the Block party on Saturday, June 29. Children and adults enjoyed seeing the yellow bucket truck and learning about all the tools that linemen use to do their job!
Route 639 Farmers Market
June - Thursday, June 27, REC’s electric vehicle traveled to Ladysmith for the Rt. 639 Farmers Market. REC Employees talked with folks about electric chargers and answered questions about electric vehicles in general.
Louisa Chamber of Commerce
June - REC employees joined members of the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 27. Chamber members were able to see the bucket truck, spin the prize wheel and have fun taking pictures at the lineman photo booth.
Orange County Fair
June - Saturday, June 22 REC employees spent the day with members at the Orange County Fair. They enjoyed sharing information about REC programs, including Cooperative Sunshare, and encouraging members to spin the prize wheel to win a prize.
Caroline County Fair
June - REC employees had a great time interacting with members at the Caroline County Agricultural Fair on Friday, June 21. The linemen showed children and adults the tools that they use to work on the electric lines along with providing the audience with multiple pole climbing demonstrations.
June - CulpeperFest took place on Friday, June 14. Local businesses joined together and offered a fun evening for over 1,000 members of the community. Many stopped by to meet our employees, get a closer look at the bucket truck and take a spin at the prize wheel.
Louisa Street Festival
June - REC employees greeted members at the Louisa Street Festival last Saturday, June 8. Everyone enjoyed posing at the photo booth and folks had fun spinning the prize wheel while learning about Cooperative Sunshare, SmartHub and The Power of Change.
June - Get Connected, REC's annual member night, was held on Thursday, June 6 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Nearly 1,100 members from Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties were in attendance. The REC displays, local entertainment, kids' activities, energy saving trees, and BBQ dinner by Jordan Springs Market were all a big hit with the visitors.
May - On Thursday, May 30 REC employees participated in the Montpelier Farmers Market in Hanover County. Members were able to see an example of an electric car charging station. They also received answers to their questions about electric vehicles.REC's ever popular thermal insulated bags were a big hit with those in attendance.
May - The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and Rappahannock County Elementary School teamed up again this year for their annual D.A.R.E. Day event on Friday, May 24. REC's electric safety demonstration taught children about electrical safety. The students enjoyed learning from this entertaining and educational tool.
May - It was a busy day at the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company where the 13th Annual Madison Business Expo was held on Thursday, May 23. REC employees enjoyed sharing information on how REC is helping Virginia go green and the advantages of signing up for Smart Hub.
Electric Vehicle on the Move
May - On Tuesday, May 21 REC’s Chevy Bolt was at the Emerson Safety & Health Fair in Albemarle County. Many curious Emerson employees appreciated the opportunity to get up close to an electric vehicle and have their questions answered and learn more about how electric vehicles operate.
May - Saturday, May 4 REC employees talked with members at the Caroline Spring Festival, formerly known as Ladysmith Day. This event held at the agricultural fairgrounds in Caroline drew a crowd who were eager to take a photo with the Sunshare photo prop and spin the REC prize wheel.
Apple Blossom Festival
May -Employees from REC's Blue Ridge office attended the Apple Blossom Festival's annual fire truck rodeo on Friday, May 3 in Frederick County. REC's safety demo was presented and children were able to learn about the job of a lineman. The children really enjoyed climbing in and out of the bucket of the big yellow line truck!
May - On Thursday, May 2 REC visited D.G. Cooley Elementary School in Berryville. Employees spoke with the students and teachers about the role trees play in keeping our environment healthy and about how REC works to trim trees near power lines. Two trees were planted on the school grounds, helping to beautify the school's campus.
April - REC attended Sperryville's annual SperryFest in Rappahannock County on Saturday, April 27. The ever popular duck race on the Thornton River was also a huge hit. REC participated by sponsoring ducks in the race, which is a fundraiser for the Sperryville Business Committee, the host for the event.
April - Earth Day festivities were held at Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg on Saturday, April 27. Lots of people came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and learn about being better stewards of the environment. REC employees talked with members about Cooperative Sunshare and everyone had a great time spinning the REC's prize wheel.
Culpeper Baptist Church Touch-a-Truck
April - REC employees participated in the Culpeper Baptist Church Touch a Truck in Culpeper on Saturday, April 27. They greeted children of all ages and talked with them about the job of a lineman and the importance of safety.
Community Earth Day
April - Employees from REC's Blue Ridge office participated in Skyline High School's Community Earth Day on Saturday, April 27. This annual event in Warren County offers the public the opportunity to interact with area agencies and businesses on how to recycle and protect the environment
April - REC attended the Celebration of the Young Child hosted by Caroline’s Promise in Caroline on Friday, April 26. Children from toddlers to Pre-K students were able to see some of the gear that linemen use and everyone enjoyed wearing their REC hard hat and learning about REC.
April - On Thursday, April 25 REC employees participated in King and Queen Elementary School’s career day. The students were able to see one of REC’s bucket trucks and talk about different career opportunities both indoors and outdoors at REC.
Everyone had a great time learning about REC and seeing the big yellow bucket truck!
School Earth Day
April -Tappahannock Elementary School in Essex County celebrated Earth Day on Monday, April 22. REC employees, along with the local Department of Forestry, spoke with the school's third graders about Earth Day and the benefits of protecting the environment. Students learned about REC’s electric vehicle, and planted Dogwood trees
April - On Saturday, April 20, REC employees ran in the annual Co-op 5K held by the Fredericksburg Food Co-op in downtown Fredericksburg. REC sponsored the fundraising event, assisting a fellow cooperative raising funds to open a food cooperative.
Tappahannock Farmers Market
April -On Saturday, April 20, Over 400 people came out to the first Tappahannock Farmers Market of the season. REC was able to speak with members about how they can go green and show them REC’s electric vehicle. REC's reusable insulated bags were also a big hit with the shoppers!
April - REC participated in A.G. Richardson Elementary School's career day on Friday April 19. The students from Culpeper County learned all about what a lineman does. The students really enjoyed seeing the tools of the job and also trying on the personal protective gear.
United Way Fundraiser
April - REC's Fredericksburg office's United Way committee held a breakfast fundraiser, "Waffles by Wanda," on Thursday, April 18. Committee members donated all the supplies needed to make the breakfast and served it up to hungry employees. $470 was raised in this first-ever spring fundraiser for Fredericksburg. All proceeds will go to the office's United Way fundraising campaign.
A.P. Hill Earth Day
April - On Thursday, April 18 REC employeescelebrated Earth Day at Fort A.P. Hill with elementary and middle school students from multiple surrounding counties. With over 1,000 students and teachers in attendance, many future and current members were able to learn about plant and tree identification and see first-hand the damage that invasive species such as the Ash Tree Beetle has caused in our area.
April - REC's second career day of the week was held on Friday, April 12 at Waverly Yowell Elementary School in Madison County. Employees visited with the many students in attendance to teach them about careers at Rappahannock Electric. The students really enjoyed trying on the personal protective gear and seeing all of the tools linemen use on a daily basis.
April - REC employees attended Trevilians Elementary School's career day on Friday, April 12 in Louisa. They visited with the students and provided them information about careers at REC. The children were able to see the tools that linemen use every day, including a bucket truck, along with learning about the different careers available at the Co-op.
Home & Garden Show
April -On Sunday, April 7 REC participated in the 2018 Culpeper Home Show. The annual event held at the Germanna Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper gave visitors from the surrounding area the opportunity to meet with businesses specializing in various products and services related to homes. REC provided information about SmartHub and Cooperative Sunshare to the many members in attendance.
Little League Opening Day
April - REC attended Spotsylvania County Little League's opening day ceremonies on Saturday, April 6, providing information about the Power of Change and MyREC SmartHub. The hundreds of players, parents and family members really enjoyed spinning the wheel and lined up for their chance at a prize!
March - REC presented at the Virginia Cooperative Council’s annual Virginia Institute of Cooperative Education on Friday, March 29. We provided an Electric Cooperatives 101 seminar to the more than 50 students from across Virginia in attendance. Students were also able to participate in the program, “Who’s Minding the Store,” and learned how to operate their own farm supply cooperative.
March - Friday, March 29 was a busy day for career fairs. Eastern View High Schools' career fair was held that day as well. REC employees were on hand to share information about their careers at REC. The students enjoyed seeing REC's yellow truck and all of the line gear!
March - Friday, March 29 REC employees shared information with students at Post Oak Middle School’s Career Day. The seventh graders were able to try on some of the line worker’s gear and ask questions about the type of jobs REC has to offer.The students really enjoyed the hands-on learning and the line gear!
January - Friday, March 29 REC employees participated in the Caroline High School Career Day. They were able to speak with hundreds of students about their career goals and the many opportunities that are available at REC. The students enjoyed the interaction with REC and learned a lot about the Cooperative!
March - REC participated in Lord Fairfax Community College's reality store event for Clarke County students on Friday, March 29. During this event, we shared information with students about how paying your utility bills impacts your budget.The students enjoyed this fun and interactive activity.
March - On Friday, March 22 REC employees showed students at Bowling Green Elementary School’s Career Day REC's bucket truck and spoke with them about the different types of jobs the Co-op has to offer. The children enjoyed the hands-on learning and were excited to see the yellow truck that they all love!
March - REC employees participated in the King and Queen County School’s reality store on Thursday, March 21. During this hour long event, Faye and Jason were able to share information with seventh graders about electricity usage and how it impacts your bill and budget.The students enjoyed this fun and interactive activity.
Virginia Home Show
January - Showcasing REC’s electric vehicle at the Virginia Home Show, Held at Meadow Event Park on January 26 and 27, crowds of people were able to see the inside of the electric car and learn about REC’s Community Solar program,
January - REC employees visited Powhatan School in Clarke County on Thursday, Jan. 17. The school runs a Guest Professionals program and REC participated by visiting a fifth grade classroom to share practical safety tips, explain the way electricity travels from power stations to our homes, and answer students’ questions.
January - Wednesday, Jan. 16 marked the first Community Family Night at Waverly Yowell Elementary School in Madison. REC employees had the opportunity to speak with parents on topics like outage preparation, power restoration and safety.
Bowling Green Christmas Parade
December - On Saturday, Dec. 8 the Bowling Green office participated in the annual Bowling Green Christmas Parade.REC employees were on hand for this very popular, annual holiday celebration. REC's truck won first place in its division!
December - Friday, Dec 7 REC supplied generators to light up the parking lot of the Greene County Walmart while the community came together to donate toys for area children and entertainment.
Madison Christmas Parade
December - On Friday, December 7 the Culpeper office participated in the Madison Christmas Parade. REC employees helped spread Holiday cheer and handed out candy to those in attendance.
December -On Tuesday, Dec. 4 employees from REC's Blue ridge office assisted the Warren County Cooperative Extension with its Reality Store, a real-world money management simulation designed to assist teens with learning personal financial skills. Jeff and Josh were able to talk to participants at Skyline High School about the impact of utility bills on a household budget.
Orange Christmas Parade
December -Sunday, Dec. 2 the Culpeper office participated in the Orange Christmas Parade. Employees greeted the community with the decked out bucket truck and handed out candy to those in attendance. REC's truck was a huge hit!.
Christmas Parades Abound
December - On Sunday, Dec. 2 the Blue Ridge office participated in three Christmas parades! REC employees adjusted their schedules because of rain the day before and handed out candy in the Berryville, Middletown and Front Royal parades. REC tied for first place in their category in the Middletown parade!
Greene Christmas Parade
December - Saturday, Dec. 1 the Culpeper office participated in the Greene County Parade of Lights. Employees greeted parade goers for this annual festive event.
Louisa Christmas Parade
December -REC employees had a great time participating in the Louisa Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. They handed out candy to excited children who lined the street. REC won third place in their category!
Elementary Career Day
November - Friday, Nov. 16 REC visited Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County to participate in the school’s annual career day. REC employees spoke with the school's 5th grade students highlighting the importance of electrical safety, demonstrating several tools that linemen use in their jobs and answered questions from students and teachers.
Middle School Career Day
November -On Friday, Nov. 16 REC was at the annual Caroline County Middle School Career Day. Hundreds of students were able to visit with Lindsey and Amelia to learn about careers at the Cooperative, both inside and outside. Students had a great time while asking many questions about how REC keeps the power on for its members.
Elementary Career Day
November - REC had a great time visiting with students at Madison Elementary School in Caroline on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The children were able to see the bucket truck, all the tools linemen use on a daily basis and how linemen stay safe while working with and near electricity.
November - REC attended an Ethics Workshop for Warren County High School students on Nov. 13 and 14. This event was for seniors at both Warren County and Skyline High Schools. Local business representatives provided students with valuable exercises in decision making and critical thinking about various topics they may face.
November -On Thursday, Nov. 8 REC participated in Rappahannock County High School's annual career day. The event featured area businesses in Rappahannock and surrounding communities. Students from every grade level attended and had a wonderful time.
Front Royal Halloween
October - In Front Royal, REC employees had a great time handing out candy and hard hats to children and families at the town's annual Hometown Halloween event. Held downtown at the gazebo, many families from Front Royal and Warren County were in attendance. The children loved Jeff and Rosa's costumes and a great time was had by all!
Trick or Trunk
October - On Wednesday night, Oct. 31, REC participated in the Madison County Trick or Trunk at Madison County High School. Everyone loved REC's costumes and climbing on REC's big yellow bucket truck. Many other employees and family stopped by to say hello as well.
Trunk or Treat
October - REC employees attended Trunk or Treat at St. Ephesus Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 28. Children were able to see the bucket truck and enjoy some candy from REC at this event in Essex County.
October - REC's fall festival season continued on Saturday, October 27 when employees drove the electric vehicle in the Frog Level parade and visited with members during the fall festival. After the parade they were able to talk with many members about REC’s electric vehicle and show them how it works.
Trunk or Treat
October - REC employees had a great time handing out candy and hard hats to children at Bowling Green Elementary school’s Trunk or Treat event on Friday, Oct. 26. Despite the rainy weather, many children and their parents came out to enjoy the night in their Halloween costumes.
October - Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25, REC employees visited with hundreds of middle school students from Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Rappahannock Counties at the annual World of Works Career Expo in Winchester.
October - REC employees spent their time volunteering with Friends of the Rappahannock to pick up trash along the Rappahannock River. Along with other volunteers, they collected nearly two tons of trash, helping the environment and improving the community.
Brandy Station Car Show
October - REC sponsored a tool box which was used for a fund raising raffle at the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Station Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show and provided information about REC to attendees and personally presented the tool box to the winner who was an REC member.
Calvary Baptist Church Fall Festival
October - It was a beautiful day for the Fall Festival at Calvary Baptist Church in Orange. Employees spent the afternoon chatting with members of all ages. They provided REC's ever popular electric safety demo and gave electric safety tips to attendees.
Bowling Green Harvest Festival
October - REC attended the Bowling Green Harvest Festival. They were able to educate members about their cooperative and show them REC’s electric vehicle. The hundreds of visitors loved learning about the electric car and REC!
Louisa Friday Night Football
October - REC employees showed their team spirit at the Louisa County High School football game. Lots of members stopped by to talk with REC and get their spirit gear for the football game!
Clarke County STEM Festival
October - REC employees attended Clarke County High School’s annual STEM Festival with REC's electric vehicle. Many local residents, students and teachers attended and loved seeing how the car works. The information for this event was focused on an area related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Culpeper Air Fest STEM Event
October - REC joined many other local businesses at the second annual Culpeper Air Fest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) REC employees used the Live Line trailer for safety demonstrations and spoke to 5th grade students from Culpeper County's elementary schools about their careers and electric safety.
Festival of Leaves
October - REC participated in the Front Royal Festival of Leaves in downtown Front Royal. The annual popular event celebrates the beginning of the fall season. REC employees visited with festival goers by showing off REC's Green Together electric vehicle. There was a lot of interest in the car and how it works.
Madison County Farmer's Market
October - Many members of the Madison community came out to be a part of the Madison County Farmers Market. Employees from REC's Culpeper office attended the event chatting with members and handing out REC's popular blue thermal bags, which are perfect for carrying groceries.
Art of Aging Expo
October - Hundreds flocked to the Art of Aging Expo at the Germanna Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. REC employees focused on talking about the new upgraded Co-op Connections website and the Healthy Savings discounts but they also had plenty of opportunities to answer specific questions from the attendees.
Quad County Business Summit
October - The 3rd Annual Quad County Business Summit at the Blue Ridge School in Greene County. The event is a networking and educational opportunity hosted by the Economic Development Offices and Chambers from Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Orange Counties.
Car Truck and Motorcycle Show
September - The REC electric vehicle was one of nearly 100 cars at the Virginia Legends Fast Pitch 3rd Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Sunday, September 30 in Madison. REC employees spent the day talking with members about the Chevy Bolt and the cooperative at the fundraising event.
Aylett Country Day School Touch-a-Truck
September - REC attended the Aylett Country Day School's annual Touch-a-Truck on Sunday, Sept. 30. Community members from Essex, King and Queen and King William visited this fun event. Lots of children came to see the bright yellow REC bucket truck.
Macedonia Community Baptist Church Community Day
September - Many members of the Caroline community came out to be a part of Macedonia Community Baptist Church’s Community Day. Employees attended the event with a bucket truck and information on The Power of Change and SmartHub programs. They had a great time engaging with many REC members!
Greene County Farmer's Market
September - REC was the main attraction at the Greene County Farmer’s Market recently. REC Culpeper office employees brought a bucket truck, the Chevy Bolt and the REC trailer.
Winchester Safety Day
September - REC employees from the Blue Ridge office participated in the Winchester Community Safety Day, sponsored by the Winchester Police Department and Valley Health Hospital. Michelle and Jennifer shared information about how to stay safe around electricity.
Taste of the Mountains
September - Employees from REC's Culpeper office talked with members about the electric vehicle at the 26th annual Taste of the Mountains event in Madison County.
Orange Street Festival
September - Employees from REC's Culpeper office attended the 43rd Annual Orange Street Festival,where they shared information about the electric vehicle.
Live-Line Trailer Demo
September - Employees from REC's Bowling Green office took the live-line trailer to Barlett Tree Experts to provide an up-close look at the dangers surrounding tree trimming and cutting near power lines.
Mangohick Car Show and Community Day
September - On Saturday, Sept. 22 REC visited with members in the King William area at the annual Mangohick Car Show and Community Day at the Mangohick Volunteer Fire Department. REC's Green Together electric vehicle. Members were very interested in the car and asked a lot of questions about its use.
United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley Day of Caring
September - REC’s Blue Ridge office combined its United Way Day of Caring effort into one team this year to help at St. Stephens Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Winchester. REC’s volunteers painted two restrooms and set carpet in the church hallway.
New Teacher Reception
August - Jeff Hinson, Ted Webster and Toni Decker from REC's Blue Ridge office participated in the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce New Teacher Reception. As the chairman of the education committee, Jeff acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
August - Camp Fantastic has become an
REC tradition. Every year, linemen from the Culpeper office join other community service groups and provide a day of adventure for children with cancer during
their weeklong camp.
Agriculture Safety Day
August - This event was held at the
Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire
Department. Stuart Schools and Ray Seip from REC's Bowling Green office, educated children about electrical safety.
Ladysmith & Montpelier Farmers Markets
August - Employees from the REC Bowling Green office participated in the Ladysmith and Montpelier farmers markets. They shared information on the new Cooperative Solar program called Cooperative Sun Share. They also showcased REC’s electric vehicle.
REC Attends Blue Ridge Area Fairs
August - REC attended the Frederick, Warren, and Clarke county fairs where they got to interact with members and share information about the cooperative, MyREC SmartHub, and programs like the Power of Change.
National Night Out
August - REC joined local police and fire departments at five different locations for National Night Out. Employees talked to members in Beaverdam, Front Royal, Berryville, Stanardsville, and King William. Sharing information about REC, safety, community involvement and the Power of Change.
Fauquier County Fair
July - REC partnered with NOVEC at the Fauquier County Fair. Employees from the REC Culpeper office spent the day mingling with members from both cooperatives.
Caroline Fire and Rescue Camp
July - REC employees, Stuart Schools and Amelia Wright from the Bowling Green office, spoke with children at the Caroline County Fire and Rescue Camp about being safe around electricity.They shared the electric safety demonstration and answered questions from the children.
Stanardsville Fourth of July Parade
July -The Stanardsville July 4th Parade was a walking parade due to area construction so REC had to get creative. Stephanie Culpeper employees proudly pulled a patriotic wagon full of candy.
Electric Vehicle Shines in Parades
July - REC’s Chevy Bolt attracted attention in two July parades. REC Employees drove the Bolt in Culpeper’s July Fourth parade and in the Madison parade.
REC Lights Up Children's Faces at
Theraputic Adventure Camp of Orange
July - The 4-H-sponsored camp, known as TACO, is run entirely by volunteers seeking to provide a safe, empowering and joyful experience for children with disabilities. This year, three employees from REC's Culpeper office stopped by to act as sidewalkers, strolling on each side of the horse to keep the children balanced and safe as another volunteer led the horse around a small ring at Rounton Farm.
Greene County Fair
June - Local members enjoyed meeting REC employees at the Greene County Fair and Touch a Truck event in June. Both events were well attended by local families despite the soggy conditions.
REC Returns to CulpeperFest
June -The 37th annual CulpeperFest was held at Eastern View High School, where a crowd of nearly 2,500 gathered. REC joined over 130 businesses at the event. REC employees provided energyefficiency
tips and Cooperative information.
Madison County Business Expo
May - Madison County Chamber of Commerce held its 12th annual Madison County Business Expo on Thursday, May 24.REC joined many other local businesses at the expo. REC Employees greeted members and provided information on saving energy and cooperative programs like SmartHub and The Power of Change.
Connecting with the Community
May - More than 500 REC members turned out for this year’s Get Connected Member Day, which was held at Lydia’s Barn at Evermore Farm in Stanardsville. This year’s focus: Connect with the community REC is fortunate to serve. Members were treated to a barbecue dinner from Blue Ridge Café. The Hi-Horse Cloggers of Stanardsville and the jazz band from William Monroe High School in Greene County provided entertainment.
REC Employees Read to Students
April - Rappahannock United Way recently held a drive to collect books to donate to Head Start pre-school students at elementary schools. In conjunction with delivering the books, they coordinated volunteers to read to the students, help them with a coloring activity and provide them with a book to take home. REC employees read to Head Start students at Madison and Lewis and Clark Elementary Schools in Caroline County.
REC Helps with Race
to Raise Funds for Education
April - The 2nd annual 5K Run for Education was held at the Dominion Raceway in Thornburg. REC employees welcomed participants and handled the registration. Nearly 200 runners/walkers participated in the Spotsylvania Education Foundation fundraiser, which raises money for student, teacher and community programs in Spotsylvania.
REC Celebrates Earth Day
with Students at Fort A.P. Hill
April - More than 1,800 students traveled to Fort A.P. Hill to participate in the base’s annual Earth Day celebration. The students from Caroline, Spotsylvania, Essex and King George counties learned about environmental topics. REC showcased its electric vehicle and coordinated a leaf identification activity.
Draw a Crowd
April - REC recently participated in three Touch-a-Truck events. Employees attended the ARC of Northern Shenandoah, which benefits people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Other touch-a-truck events were held at Culpeper Baptist Church and at the Apple Blossom Fire Truck Rodeo Touch-a-Truck.
REC Shares Energy-Efficiency
Tips, Information with Members
April - REC employees joined other local businesses at the GE Health and Safety Day. They shared energy efficiency tips using the light comparison and insulation displays.
REC Visits with Students
in Louisa County
March - REC employees visited with students at Trevilians Elementary School in Louisa County for their career day. REC's yellow bucket truck was once again a big hit with the students as they learned about REC linemen and how they work their jobs. The students were even able to climb in and out of the bucket and try on some gear.
Caroline High Students
Try Out Linemen Gear
March - REC employees visited with students at Caroline County High School for their Career Day. The students had a lot of fun learning about REC and linemen and even got to try out some linemen gear and tools.
Bucket Truck is a Hit
with Rappahannock students
March - REC was at the Rappahannock Intermediate School career day. A bucket truck was on-hand and the students had an amazing experience learning about lineman as the students explored the truck and tried out some of the lineman gear.
REC Participates in Culpeper
Home and Garden Expo
March - Cooperative employees were excited to visit with members at the 2018 Culpeper Home and Garden Expo. The show, held annually at the Germanna Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper, gave visitors from the surrounding area the opportunity to meet with businesses specializing in various products and services related to homes.
For additional information about community programs contact:
• Brian Wolfe
Senior Public Relations Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5914
• Lindsey Edwards
Public Relations Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5899
• Terri Bevers
Member Engagement Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5912