MY COMMUNITY

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.

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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.

Youth Leadership Program

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.

Youth Tour

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.

Scholarship

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.

Classroom Presentations

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.

Pathways2Possibilities

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. 

Environmental Programs

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

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. 

Adopt-A-Highway

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. 

Land and Waterway Cleanups

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. 

Earth Month

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! 

Recycling Efforts

Office Recycling

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. 

CFL Bulbs

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. 

Economic Development

Supporting the Community through Economic Development

Coast Electric Power Association supports economic development in the communities it serves in two ways.

  1. Building infrastructure necessary to reliably support business and industry needs today and tomorrow.
  2. The cooperative works aggressively to match prospective economic development projects with U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development loans and grants.

USDA Rural Development Loans

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development (RED) Loan and Grant program is to leverage private and other public funding to expand the economic base of rural communities. The RED loan program provides loans to local utilities which in turn pass through the loans to local businesses for projects that will create and retain employment in the areas Coast Electric serves

As designated rural communities, Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River counties are eligible to benefit from the federal funding.

CEPA Fund Business Development Loan Program

As a result of many years of successful local economic development projects through the Rural Economic Development Grant program, Coast Electric Power now has another funding mechanism to support local government, private citizens and municipality’s economic development projects, the CEPA Fund. This fact sheet gives you a quick and concise overview of what is available.

The purpose of the CEPA Fund Business Development Revolving Loan Program is not to compete with local lending institutions, rather the intent of this business development loan program is to stimulate private investments and complement local lenders for the creation of jobs and wealth in Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River counties. Projects to be considered for this program must create or retain employment or provide needed community facilities and services. These types of projects include industrial/commercial development, community infrastructure, private business, community facilities, medical facilities and training/education facilities, to name a few. Each project must meet certain criteria as listed in this loan checklist before a project will be considered eligible for funding from the CEPA Fund Revolving Loan Program.

Applications will be received and reviewed during designated funding round time periods, which typically occur semi-annually. For more information on the CEPA Fund Business Development Loan or the Rural Development Loans contact Russ Carothers at (228) 363-7278 or russcarothers@coastepa.com.

 
Guy Johnson,
Vice President of Economic Development
(228) 363-7329
 
Key Accounts Executive
(228) 363-7278

Sponsorship Request

Please use the form below to submit your sponsorship requests. Should your request be approved, please allow two to three weeks for processing.

 

Completed forms can be sent to:

Mail: 
Coast Electric Power Association
Attention: Merilee Sands
P.O. Box 2430
Bay St. Louis, MS 39521

Email: communications@coastepa.com 

Fax: (228) 363-7164

Sponsor Concept

Operation Round Up

Your small change can make a big difference with Operation Round Up. Each month, your Coast Electric bill will be rounded up to the nearest dollar amount. Most members donate an average of $0.50 a month.

Your change is put into the Coast Electric Community Trust. Funds for the trust are managed by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Sixty five percent of funds are used to help local charitable organizations. An additional 25 percent goes to Coast Electric’s Share Your Blessings Fund, a program that helps those in need pay their electric bills. The remaining 10 percent will be put in an endowment.

A committee of Coast Electric members just like you will review grant applications and disperse funds quarterly to charitable organizations in Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties.

If you don’t want to participate, you can always opt out, but we hope you will use your spare change to make a difference in the lives of people in our community. Fifty cents a month might not seem like a lot of money, but when you add your donation to other Coast Electric members’ donations, more than $420,000 may be collected annually. That’s a big impact for a small price!

Learn how, working together, we can make a difference.

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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.