Concern for Community
One of the seven cooperative principles that drives Coast Electric is showing concern for the communities we serve. When it comes to putting this principle into action, our employees walk the walk and talk the talk. Through events like Fill-a-Bucket food drives; the Ready, Set, Glow 5K; toy drives; and American Red Cross blood drives, our employees volunteer countless hours both as Coast Electric representatives and in their personal lives.
Youth & Education
Educating members and showing concern for the communities we serve are principles that guide operations at Coast Electric. Whether co-op employees are conducting interactive demonstrations at local schools, sponsoring youth programs or helping educators, youth initiatives are important to our communities and to Coast Electric.
Coast Electric sponsors high school juniors from Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties for all-expense-paid leadership trips to Jackson and Washington, D.C. The Youth Leadership program is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which brings more than 1,700 high school juniors from across the nation to Washington, D.C., each summer where they learn about cooperatives and rural electrification from a national perspective. They also visit monuments and memorials and enjoy other wonderful sightseeing experiences.
School counselors nominate two students from their schools to apply for the program. Nominees participate in a day of team building and interviews where judges select Youth Leadership representatives. For more information about the Youth Tour Program, contact your school counselor.
Find out more about Youth Tour.
The cost of a college education continues to rise. Coast Electric is committed to playing a role in the communities in which we work and live by offering college scholarships for local high school students to help offset these costs. Over the years, many students have applied for and have been awarded hundreds of dollars of scholarship money from Coast Electric.
The scholarships are administered through Pearl River Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus. Please contact the schools’ financial aid offices for more information on how to apply.
Coast Electric employees are available for classroom presentations on a variety of topics, some of which include safety and energy efficiency. Let us know what your needs are and we can tailor a presentation for your students.
Each year, Coast Electric employees volunteer at the Pathways2Possibilites career fair, an interactive, hands-on career expo for 8th graders in public, private and home schools, as well as at-risk youth. Volunteers spend time educating students about career opportunities in the electric industry.
Showing concern for the communities we serve means being good stewards of our environment. Coast Electric employees spend hours donating their time and efforts to various environmental projects that ensure the natural beauty of our communities is preserved.
Each fall, Coast Electric, along with its partners including the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi Power, host a Household Hazardous Waste Day at Coast Electric's headquarters facility in Kiln. Each year, hundreds of vehicles drop off tons of tires, paint, old electronics, chemicals and more to ensure proper disposal.
Coast Electric employees volunteer each quarter to clean stretches of highway in Hancock and Pearl River counties as part of the Mississippi Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway program.
Employees participate in a variety of land and waterway cleanups throughout the year. Coast Electric representatives are active in Renew our Rivers efforts, Friends of Boley Creek events and even began their own cleanup of McLeod Park. The efforts of these dedicated volunteers mean others are able to enjoy our waterways and green spaces.
Each April, Coast Electric celebrates Earth Month. Members are encouraged to sign up for the company's Time of Use rate, a plan that allows you to save by reducing your energy use during peak hours. Those who sign up are eligible to win prizes that will help them unplug and enjoy the great outdoors!
Employees are encouraged to recycle paper, plastic and glass while at work, therefore reducing waste. Since Coast Electric started its program for employees, the cooperative has recycled several tons of material.
Coast Electric offices are drop-off centers for your used CFL bulbs. Finding a recycling center in Mississippi is not an easy task but Coast Electric is working to accommodate consumers using the bulbs. Members may bring unbroken CFL bulbs into any Coast Electric office so the can be properly recycled.
Use the form below to submit your sponsorship requests. Should your request be approved, please allow two to three weeks for processing.
*Please note that this request form is for corporate sponsorship for events and activities such as: youth and school sports, school clubs, fundraising events for charitable organizations, etc. Those wishing to apply for an Operation Round Up grant of up to $10,000 should visit https://coastepa.com/my-community/operation-roundup/.
Completed forms can be sent to:
Coast Electric Power Association
Attention: Merilee Sands
P.O. Box 2430
Bay St. Louis, MS 39521
Request a CEPA Speaker
Coast Electric professionals can visit your group at no charge, for a presentation on topics such as electrical safety, the cooperative business model, our revolving loan fund, energy efficiency, and more. To request more information, please fill out the form below.