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Songwriter Jana Stanfield once said, “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”

We all know at least one person who lives by this credo and makes our neighborhood or community a better place to live. I encourage you to take a few moments this month to enter them in our 2023 statewide Shine the Light contest! Three nominees will ultimately receive $2,500 donations to their local charities.

How to nominate a volunteer

Member-consumers and employees of Iowa’s electric cooperatives are eligible to nominate a local volunteer at during the month of June. (If you receive electricity from an electric cooperative, you are a member-consumer!) In 500 words or less, tell us how your nominee is making a difference and how their local charity might use the donation. Our panel of judges will review all entries and select three winners this summer. We’ll announce the winners after Labor Day and feature them in the September issue of Iowa Electric Cooperative Living magazine.

Celebrating community commitment

Why is your power utility participating in this effort? Your electric cooperative is locally owned and governed by you, the members it serves, and is mission driven to improve quality of life. Your co-op is also guided by seven cooperative principles, including concern for community. Our annual Shine the Light contest is a fun way to celebrate the people who give back.

Think of a neighbor, friend or family member who goes above and beyond to serve. These unsung heroes deserve recognition for their efforts, and this contest is a great way to show your appreciation.

Time is running out, so make sure to nominate someone by June 30 at The person you nominate could receive a $2,500 donation to their local charity!

Erin Campbell is the director of communications for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.

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