Community and youth involvement is a high priority for East-Central Iowa REC. In fact, concern for the community is one of the seven principles that RECs are founded on: While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.
One way ECI REC fulfills its pledge to be community connected is through the Community Reinvestment Fund. The fund is financed by unclaimed patronage retirement checks, which the State of Iowa allows the Cooperative to utilize as long as the money is donated back to the communities in its service territory. As opportunities or needs arise, ECI REC uses the reinvestment fund to support the communities we serve.
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