Concern for Community

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 Easter Ham Giveaway

GEC employee Renee Bass offers a ham at our drive-thru 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

Mini-grant recipients stand alongside Glades Electric Cooperative Board of Directors District 9 Trustee Angela Hodges (right) at the mini-grant awards ceremony.

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

Peace River Center employees put the final touches on supply baskets for their clients.

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

GEC employees Jose Cordova and Tracy Aldrich evaluate an entry at the 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

GEC employee Renee Bass speaks to a high school student about co-op careers.

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!