Serving others is good for the soul

Day of Caring

Day of Caring

That’s why so many people are volunteering in their communities. Many Basin Electric and Dakota Gasification Company employees dedicate their free time to serving organizations they feel strongly about.

Not only does our co-op offer many opportunities for group volunteering, such as the Ruth Meier’s Hospitality House Stone Soup Kitchen and the United Way Day of Caring, the co-op also promotes individual volunteerism.

The power of this service within a community is multiplied many times over when put to work on a national level.

Today, President Obama launched the United We Serve initiative directed at promoting economic growth through community service in the areas of education, health care, energy and the environment, and community renewal.

Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the initiative helps people register their service opportunities, create new service projects, and recruit volunteers entirely online.

The initiative kicked off June 22 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco and will run for 81 days through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11.

Basin Electric employees and members are encouraged to join the United We Serve initiative and find events they are passionate about.

Emily McKay, BEPC

Emily McKay, BEPC

Emily McKay, event planner/charitable giving coordinator, says, “I hope that United We Serve goes over so well that it’s kept up until September 11 and beyond. Working in charitable giving, I’m often asked for man power and dollars for certain charity events. This is a great tool people can use to get the word out and find others that are actively seeking to volunteer.

“Ron Harper (Basin Electric CEO and general manager) encourages us to be involved in our communities, and we have so many Basin employees that dedicate countless hours of their personal time to a variety of causes. This is a great fit for Basin employees and the community,” she says.

If you’re looking for ways to get involved or if you’re in need of volunteers for an event, visit www.serve.gov and find out how to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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