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Often, the best way to thank a volunteer is to simply say “thank you” and recognize the work they are doing in the community. Our annual Shine the Light contest, which will open in June, offers a great opportunity to show appreciation for a deserving member of your community by nominating them for statewide recognition.

Commitment to community

Now in its fourth year, this statewide contest is a way for Iowa’s electric cooperatives to “shine the light” on our commitment to community. During June, we invite member-consumers and employees of Iowa’s electric cooperative to visit and nominate local volunteers who are making a positive difference. If you receive electricity from an electric cooperative, you’re a co-op member-consumer and eligible to make one nomination per account/household.

Winners receive $3,000 for their local charity

In July, a panel of judges will review all the nominations and select three volunteers who will each receive a $3,000 donation to their local charity. We will also announce our three winners on social media in early September and feature them in the September issue of this magazine.

As part of the nomination process, be prepared to share some basic contact information about you as the nominator and for the volunteer you are nominating. You may nominate a volunteer under the age of 18 with parental consent. You will also need to answer this question in 500 words or less: How has your nominee made a difference in the community, and how might their local charity use the $3,000 donation?

As the person who sees the nominations come in as they are submitted through the contest website, it’s a privilege to read your essays each year. We have many incredible volunteers throughout the state who are improving the quality of life in their communities.

You can view the contest rules and see our past winners at Thank you for considering the opportunity to recognize a hardworking friend, neighbor or relative in your life.

Iowa’s electric cooperatives are grateful to local volunteers across the state who deserve to be celebrated for the remarkable work they are doing in their communities. We look forward to learning about many of them through this year’s Shine the Light contest!

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

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