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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Operation Round Up

In an effort to assist those served by Coast Electric in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the cooperative is making changes to the distribution of its Operation Round Up funds to bring immediate relief to those who need it most.

Operation Round Up is a program that rounds up the bills of participating Coast Electric members to the nearest dollar. Contributions are used to fund programs that improve the quality of life in our communities. The program is designed to put 65 percent of donations into a community trust to fund grants for local charitable organizations and 10 percent is put into an endowment for future charitable giving. These funds are managed by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The remaining 25 percent of donations are used for residential energy assistance through the Share Your Blessings program managed by Catholic Charities of South Mississippi.

Coast Electric has made a decision to temporarily suspend future funding of Operation Round Up grants so 100 percent of donations can be used for energy assistance for those who are experiencing financial hardships due to Covid-19. While energy assistance funds are usually only available for residential members, with more funds being allocated to energy assistance at this time, Coast Electric is making funds available to qualifying commercial members. Members seeking assistance paying their electric bills for their homes or businesses should contact Catholic Charities at 855-847-0555. Funds are available to qualifying Coast Electric members in Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties.

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.

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 Leadership 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. 

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.

Each fall, Coast Electric, along with the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality 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, Harrison 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! 

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.

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.

Coast Electric Power Association (CEPA) plays an active role in the development of our communities. Our board and staff provide leadership and financial participation in the economic development and business expansion of our service territory and our community. Through the creation of a revolving loan fund, known as CEPA FUND, Coast Electric is seeking to improve the quality of life in our area by supporting projects that create and retain job opportunities for residents; provide technical assistance, education or medical care to businesses or residents; that further the use of advanced telecommunications services and computer networks for medical, educational and job training services; and that upgrade the public infrastructure to improve the economic development potential of areas and the health, safety and medical care of residents.

Learn more about the CEPA Fund

Sponsorship Request

Please Note: Coast Electric is using this time to focus our resources on efforts that help our community respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. We appreciate your understanding and know that our members are committed to doing all we can to make a difference in our communities. Please visit our site again for information about our efforts. We will let our members know when we begin accepting regular sponsorship requests again.

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/. 

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