At Glades Electric Cooperative, we are proud of our ongoing commitment to the community as we abide by the principle of Concern for Community, one of the seven cooperative principles. We sponsor a variety of school athletic teams, community events, educational initiatives, and contribute to community organizations. We are proud to serve the people in our beautiful Florida Heartland not only by providing electricity to homes and businesses, but also through financial support of community endeavors. It’s just one more way we are proud to be Neighbors Working for Neighbors.
Glades Electric Donates $5,000 to The Miracle League for Highlands County
In September, GEC donated $5,000 to The Miracle League for Highlands County to assist with needed improvements to the specialized baseball field at the Lake June Ball Fields in Lake Placid.
Each year, 60-70 individuals with mental and physical disabilities in Highlands County participate in baseball games through the league. GEC was among the the league’s first supporters. In 2009, the Glades Electric Charitable Trust donated $50,000 of Operation Round Up funds for the construction of the field.
“Glades Electric has supported the Miracle League since our donation toward the construction of their field. We’re proud to continue our support in order for their athletes to play in a facility that meets their needs.” GEC Chief Communications Officer Jennifer Koukos said.
Glades Electric Charitable Trust Donates $10,700 for Student Programs
To support students going back to school in August, Glades Electric Charitable Trust donated $10,700 of Operation Round Up funds toward school supplies, book bags and peer support programs to help students and families in need in Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties.
“Based on everything families and students have gone through in the past year and the struggles everyone has dealt with, help for kids going back to school right now is more important than ever. Any extra support we can provide, even getting kids supplies for school, I think will go a long way for families in our area,” GECT Secretary Dori Evans said.
Glades Electric Employees Volunteer at Balmoral Assisted Living for United Way’s Day of Caring
In April, a team of five GEC employees volunteered to build a garden box for residents of Balmoral Assisted Living. GEC’s team built the box on a second-floor outdoor balcony in the Memory Care Unit. Residents will play an active role in tending the garden. The garden’s open-air location provides a much-needed break for residents to get outside and engage in activities.
GEC Donates $1,000 to Hendry Public Schools Foundation
In December, Glades Electric Cooperative donated $1,000 to LaBelle High School’s Triquestra program, a new mentoring group focused on improving outcomes for at-risk male students. Triquestra seeks to provide rising ninth and tenth grade students with academic, behavioral and emotional support.
GEC Employees Provide Gifts for Area Families
Glades Electric employees sponsored two area families in need for Christmas through the Salvation Army of Sebring. Clothes, diapers, shoes, toys, blankets, books and gift cards were among the many items collected.
Glades Electric Donates 200 Pairs of Socks to Local Nursing Homes
Glades Electric donated 200 cozy, non-skid socks to the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County for their Socks 4 Seniors program. Socks were donated to nursing home residents throughout the community.
Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc. Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters
In November, Glades Electric Charitable Trust donated $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, which serves Highlands and Hardee counties.
With this donation, GECT will fund the organization’s new Reading Bigs program. The program is designed to assist children who are below grade level in reading.
Children participating in the program will receive a tote bag each month containing two books, two lesson plans and an art project. Mentors work through the materials with their students, and the students may keep the books to begin building personal libraries at home.
LaBelle Middle School AG Day
Glades Electric Cooperative participated in LaBelle Middle School’s AG Day on November 20, 2020. At the event, students visited with professionals representing various industries to learn about potential career opportunities.
The Glades Electric booth included a bucket truck, lineworker safety gear, educational information and GEC’s Safety City display. Safety City is a miniature model of a city that utilizes electricity to demonstrate electrical hazards and electrical safety practices.
GEC Employees Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Moore Haven
On Friday, September 18, four GEC employees worked with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte County, which covers Moore Haven, to build a new home on Meyerchick Drive in Moore Haven. The team worked for six hours, and most of their time was spent framing.
“It was a day of hard work, laughter, and giving back. It was a great opportunity to serve one of our communities and to build camaraderie within our team,” Chief Communications Officer Jennifer Koukos said.
Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc. Supports Moore Haven Church of God of Prophecy
In June, Glades Electric Charitable Trust donated $1,500 to support MHCGP’s food pantry. The majority of food for the pantry is provided by the Harry Chapin Food Bank, but there are many items essential to the food pantry that must come from elsewhere. GECT’s donation was beneficial in helping to fill some of those gaps.
“The donation from Glades was a huge blessing. We used it for things like to order more shelves to hold the food because the shelves that we had weren’t enough to meet the increased demand of people we were serving,” MHCGP Pastor Charity Martinez said. “Then there are some things that you don’t get from the food bank that you have to order, like protein shakes for the elderly, so I’ve ordered those that we’ve had to pay for.”
Glades Electric Easter Ham Giveaway
On Good Friday, Glades Electric employees gave 100 hams away at a first-come, first-served drive-thru pickup at our Moore Haven headquarters. We know many of our neighbors are facing challenges as a result of the ongoing pandemic and might not have been able to celebrate the Easter holiday as they usually would. We were thankful to be able to help so many in need.
Okeechobee Educational Foundation Awards Mini-Grants to District Teachers
For the tenth year in a row, Glades Electric sponsored the OEF mini-grant program. At the foundation’s annual award ceremony this year, $22,100 was awarded to nineteen Okeechobee County School District teachers for classroom mini-grants.This was GEC’s tenth year supporting the mini-grant program. GEC’s gift funded five $400 mini-grants this year.
Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc. Supports Peace River Center
GECT awarded $2,000 to The Peace River Center to support the work of their Victim Services program in Highlands County. One of PRC’s most important services is their shelter in Highlands County, which serves as a safe home for victims escaping environments of domestic and sexual violence. With GECT’s gift, PRC’s team was able to provide 50 baskets of essential items to clients moving out of the shelter to start their own households again.
2020 Heartland Regional Science and Engineering Fair
We were pleased to have the opportunity to have two of our employees assist with judging the Heartland Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in February at South Florida State College. The fair is a terrific opportunity for students throughout Florida’s Heartland.
Leadership Highlands Career Day
Glades Electric participated in the Leadership Highlands Career day in January. It was great to connect with high school students to promote careers at the co-op including lineworkers, accountants, information technology specialists, engineers, human resource professionals, communications, and more.
We want to be sure local students know we have great jobs to offer right here in the Heartland!