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Giving back to our community

OVER THE YEARS, you’ve seen Aiken Electric’s concern for our community. This is one of the core principles that sets cooperatives apart from other types of utilities. We’ve always taken this mission and responsibility to heart. It’s who we are as a co-op.

With the holidays quickly approaching, COVID-19 and other recent events have made me pause and think even more about the role we play in our community. While our purpose is to provide safe and reliable energy to you, we have a greater mission—to be a catalyst for good.

You’re probably aware of our Operation Round Up program, where generous members round up their monthly electric bills to assist individuals and families in need. Or our various youth programs, including scholarships, Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit.

We also have a strong commitment to safety—not just for our employees, but for our community as well. We visit schools and invite students to our office to teach them how to stay safe around electricity.

You’ll also see our employees serving on local boards, coaching youth sports and volunteering at charitable events. Because when you work at a co-op, you understand how important a strong community is—after all, without you, the co-op wouldn’t exist.

We know that our core job is to keep the lights on; but our passion is our community. Because we live and work here too, and we want to make it a better place for all.

If there’s anything we can do to help you—whether providing energy-saving advice to help lower your monthly bill or discuss payment plan options during these difficult times—please reach out to us at (803) 649-6245.

Concern for community is the heart and soul of who we are. And no matter what the future brings, you can count on your electric co-op to care about you.

Gary L. Stooksbury, Chief Executive Officer