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.

Request a CEPA Speaker

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% goes to Coast Electric’s Share Your Blessings Fund, a program that helps those in need pay their electric bills. The remaining 10% 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.

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. Email to request a speaker! 

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.

Coast Electric, along with the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality sponsors a Household Hazardous Waste Day. Each year, employees volunteer to offload hazardous waste from hundreds of vehicles that 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. 

At Coast Electric, we believe in the power of community and in being good stewards of our environment. Each year, our employees spend countless hours cleaning our roads and waterways, safely disposing of hazardous materials at Household Hazardous Waste Day and educating our members on the importance of recycling and sustainability.

In celebration of Earth month in April, our offices will be decorated to reflect the ways in which our members can reduce, reuse and recycle to help protect this place we call home. Our offices are also stocked with giveaway items to help you practice environmental concern.

If you plan to spend some time this month celebrating Earth month, be sure to practice safety first. Before you dig that post hole for a flower bed, be aware that there could be underground power lines right where you’re about to dig and be sure to call 811 to locate underground lines. Unplug and save on Earth Day and every day! 

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

Use the form below to submit your sponsorship requests of up to $1,000. 

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. Please allow two to three weeks after you submit your request for processing.

Visit our Operation Round Up page for more information about how you can apply for a grant of up to $10,000.


If you have questions, please contact:


Fax: (228) 363-7164

Sponsor Concept
Scroll to Top