Golden Spread Electric Cooperative Gives Back to Volunteer Fire Departments

Baker Fire Department Receiving Donation

L-R Jeremy Hogg, Bryan Estes, Doug Riffe, Brittney Davis, TCEC, Allen Mendenhall, Jacob Day

The Community Involvement Committee (CIC) of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. and TCEC are giving back to local communities with a donation of $7,200 to 16 volunteer fire departments, including the Baker Fire Department. 

A check presentation took place on March 14, 2023, at the Baker firehouse. Brittney Davis, TCEC Communications Coordinator, presented the donation to Allen Mendenhall, Bryan Estes, Doug Riffe, Jacob Day and Jeremy Hogg.

TCEC is a Member of Golden Spread, a generation and transmission organization with a total of 16 Member cooperatives. Golden Spread purchases and supplies power to TCEC, for its Member-Consumers and follows one of the Seven Cooperative Principles, Concern for Community.

“At Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, taking care of our Members’ communities takes priority. We believe there are very few organizations out there that exemplify this as well as your volunteer fire departments (VFD),” said Jennifer Bobbitt, chairperson of the CIC committee. “The men and women who participate in the VFDs across our 16 Member service territories keep our communities safe and protected. I’m proud to be a part of a cooperative that prioritizes this kind of community investment.”

The Golden Spread Board of Directors entrusts to the CIC an annual budget, which is used to benefit the territories served by its 16 Members. Activities and organizations are selected by the CIC and supported by Golden Spread employees. Additionally, over $13,000   in employee donations support volunteer fire departments and senior nutrition programs in its Members’ service territories. 

The volunteer fire departments receiving donations this year are: Albany Rural, Amherst, Baker, Booker, Dalhart, Dove Creek, ECCA, Farwell, Friona, Hale Center, Kress, Santa Anna, Sonora, Spur, Tahoka and Wheeler.

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Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a consumer-owned public utility organized in 1984 to provide electric service for rural distribution cooperative Members located in the Panhandle, South Plains and Edwards Plateau regions of Texas, the Panhandle of Oklahoma, Southwest Kansas and Southeast Colorado. Golden Spread is headquartered in Amarillo and delivers competitive energy solutions to its 16 Member Cooperatives through wind and solar resources and state-of-the-art power plants in Texas near Abernathy and Denver City.