Community Change is a project of Oconto Electric Cooperative. Members can sign up to have their electric bills rounded up to the next whole dollar, with the extra money going into the Community Change fund. In addition, due to the generosity of the former Bay Lakes Cooperative, Community Change has additional funding available for this special grant. To be considered, an organization should show through this grant application how an innovative idea for funding could provide far-reaching enhancement for a neighborhood or community. Grant(s) will be awarded to projects being done in the footprint of the former Bay Lakes territory and the current Oconto Electric service territory. Request not to exceed $4,000 (grant total could be split based on the nature and scope of applications received). Grant application deadline is March 1, 2021.
Have you fallen on hard times because of the coronavirus? Trying to keep up with the bills and other finances can be really stressful.
There are local county offices and other agencies that may be able to help you with financial assistance.
Oconto County DHHS 920-834-7000
Shawano County DHS 715-526-4740
Marinette County HHS 715-732-7740
Menominee County HHSD 715-799-3861
St. Vincent de Paul 920-604-2320
Salvation Army 920-887-5352
Assistance resource website: www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov
OEC is committed to its members and we look forward to working with you during these trying times.
As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, it is causing a lasting economic impact that cannot be fully quantified at this time. Oconto Electric Co-op knows that small businesses throughout our service territory will be greatly impacted as a result of this crisis. Given this reality, OEC offers this resource guide to help you through these trying times.
The following members or former members of Oconto Electric Cooperative, 7479 REA Road, Oconto Falls, WI 54154, have unclaimed capital credit money at the cooperative. If this money is not claimed by January 30, 2020, the money shall be forfeited to the Oconto Electric Education Fund and will be used for scholarships or other charitable purposes as designated be the cooperative board of directors. The listing of names with last known addresses can be found by clicking here.
To claim this money, call Oconto Electric Cooperative at 800-472-8410 during regular business hours. The co-op will require some form of identity verification.
Electric Co-op Employees distribute $17,000
Oconto Falls, WI; October 4, 2019 –October is National Cooperative Month, what a great time for Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) employees to demonstrate Co-op principle number seven: commitment to community.
OEC employees worked all year to raise $9,500. CoBank, one of the co-op’s lenders, also donated $7,500 as part of its Sharing Success Matching Grant program.
Employees were able to present $8,500 to Oconto Falls Law Enforcement. They recently obtained an armored vehicle through the US Military at no cost. The armored vehicle is being funded strictly through fundraising and grants, at no cost to the local tax payers. The plan is that all local departments can utilize the armored vehicle as a rescue vehicle in the event that there is a victim or downed officer. At this time, there is no such vehicle in Oconto County. If there is a situation, they currently depend on Marinette or Brown County for assistance.
Oconto County Commission on Aging, Inc. also received $8,500. They have been operating their Oconto County Elderly Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels) since 1980. Good nutrition is critical to good health. Poor nutrition is the greatest threat to an older adult’s independence. This program is funded by state and federal grants and contributions from participants. The funds they were given are going towards a new delivery van.
Since 2004, OEC employees have awarded $113,000 to charities and organizations.
NRECA Youth Tour of Washington, D.C.
June 14-20, 2019
Trip of a lifetime for sons and daughters of co-op members
Oconto Electric is pleased to choose one delegate to represent our local co-op at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The trip is hosted by NRECA and all expenses are paid by Oconto Electric, according to our cooperative principles to support youth and community.
More than 1,500 high school students from across the country gather for a week in June in our nation’s capitol to learn about cooperatives, the rural electric program, U.S. government, democracy and history. Youth Tour delegates meet congressional leaders and tour our national monuments, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Museums.
Any current high school sophomore or junior whose parent or guardian is a residential member of Oconto Electric Cooperative is eligible. (Residential is defined as having the primary residence within OEC’s service territory.)
Applications can be picked up at the OEC office in Oconto Falls or click here. Applications must be submitted on or before January 2, 2019. Applications received after January 2, 2019, will not be considered.
Oconto Falls, WI; October 26, 2017 – Oconto Electric Cooperative (OEC) employees were ecstatic to be giving back to the U.S. Veterans with a donation of $14,000. This is the greatest amount of money that OEC employees have raised since the program began in 2004. Donations were split between Old Glory Honor Flight and Patriot Guard Riders of Wisconsin.
OEC employees worked all year to raise $9,000. The largest events were the charity golf outing, a motorcycle ride, and the Bag Lunch To Go. CoBank, one of the co-op’s lenders, also donated $5,000 as part of its Sharing Success program.
“In March, we held our popular Bag Lunch To Go. We delivered 330 bag lunches, one hundred more than the previous year to businesses in the community within two hours,” explained Katie Jagiello, co-op employee. “People enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich and the fact that lunch is delivered to them at their workplace and that all proceeds go to charity.”
Old Glory Honor Flight is dedicated to transporting our local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. It is a one day trip and completely free of charge to the vet!
Old Glory Honor Flight is funded primarily from individuals across Northeast Wisconsin who recognizes the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and wants them to have the chance to visit their nations capital.
The Patriot Guard Riders of Wisconsin is an all-volunteer organization that provides support for active military personnel and veterans and their families. Their main mission is to honor our fallen heroes, their families, and communities by attending memorial services and funerals. They also participate in ceremonies and events to welcome our troops home from overseas or to give them a resounding show of support when they leave the states for foreign countries. In 2016 they were able to bring some hope and Christmas cheer to 550 veterans and military families through their Operation Christmas Angel program. They are completely funded by donations and other than minor administrative expenses; all funds go directly to benefit those they serve.
Funds raised by OEC employees will go towards their Help on the Homefront Services. Under their Help On The Homefront program, they provide the essentials for veterans who have completed rehabilitation programs and are again contributing to society. Most often, veterans leaving the VA recovery programs leave with little more than the clothes on their backs. Patriot Guard Riders provide veterans with a bed, tables, chairs, TV, entertainment center, kitchenware, bed and bedding, all usually donated by individuals. When there is a lack of donated goods, Patriot Guard Riders will use monetary donations to purchase items for the veterans.
This is the thirteenth year that co-op employees have raised funds for designated charities. Including this donation, they have raised a total of $82,000. “I think it is pretty cool that a lot of money has been raised by our small co-op of 40 some employees/directors,” said OEC employee Amy Winkler. The employees at OEC are grateful for the support that the community and OEC members give to the charity.
OEC employees are seeking grant applications for its annual Employee Charity program. The application period is open now until November 30, 2017. Funds will be dispersed late 2018/early 2019. Organizations that are classified as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code with a valid IRS Tax ID are eligible to apply for the grant.
Interested applicants can find the application at rkm.ca1.myftpupload.com or can pick it up at Oconto Electric Cooperative at 7479 REA Road, Oconto Falls, WI 54154.