As part of a series hosted by Tri-State G&T, WREA General Manager, Alan Michalewicz sat down with media personality, Bazi Kanai, to talk about how WREA has responded to local issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the country, co-ops are evaluating their role in helping tackle the challenges created by the pandemic. For the WREA Board of Directors, it was important that members get their capital credit refunds in a timely manner. Capital credit refunds are historically sent to WREA members each August, but this year, the board felt it was necessary to accelerate the refund program to March. Members from 2004, 2005, & 2006 were issued over $1,000,000 in refunds, which could not have come at a better time for many members.
With internet connectivity playing a crucial role for those who needed to work or teach from home, WREA was grateful to be able to play a role in RBC's successful upgrade to high-speed internet. "We were lucky to have some fiber that they (RBC) could use under a use agreement. And, so most of the Town of Meeker now has high-speed fiber and that's allowed our employees to move into their homes, take their computers, take their phones, and operate seamlessly for the customers and members we have." said Michalewicz.
Across the cooperative family, amazing work is being done in the spirit of one of the Seven Cooperative Principals; Concern for Community. See the full interview here.