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Iowa’s electric cooperatives are excited to announce a new statewide contest, which celebrates our cooperative commitment to community. Called Shine the Light, the contest will accept nominations in June and award three winners with a $1,500 check to their local charity or community organization.

“We’re excited to launch this cooperative effort to shine the light on local volunteers,” says Erin Campbell, director of communications for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. “So many people throughout the areas served by Iowa’s electric cooperatives deserve to be recognized for making a positive impact.”

Sponsored by the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Iowa, the Shine the Light contest will accept contest entries online during the month of June. The three winners will be announced during the Iowa State Fair in August. In addition to receiving a $1,500 donation for their charity or nonprofit of choice, the winners will also be featured in the September issue of Living with Energy in Iowa magazine. 

How to nominate

Member-consumers and employees of Iowa’s electric cooperatives are eligible to nominate local volunteers. If you receive electricity from an electric cooperative in Iowa, you’re a co-op member-consumer and invited to nominate someone who is making a positive impact in the community. The volunteer being nominated does not need to be a co-op member-consumer. Minors may be nominated with consent from their parents or legal guardians.

Step 1:

Go to from June 1-30 to make a nomination and to review the contest rules.

Step 2:

As a nominator, provide your contact information and answer the following question in 500 words or less.

How has your nominee made a positive difference in the community, and why do they deserve to be recognized?


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