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COMMUNITY SERVICE


Co-op ‘connects’ with communities during day of service N


ovember 11 was a special day in the history of our cooperative. T is landmark occasion marked our organization’s fi rst-ever “Commu-


nity Service Day.” Around 150 cooperative employees rallied that


day to address needs in six local communities. Projects included improvements, repairs and


clean-up at: Spavinaw City Park, Har-Ber Village, two parks in Langley, the Adair Little League Sports Com- plex, Bluejacket’s Panter Park, and Huckleberry Can- yon Park in Jay. “T is day of service was born from a desire to do


something special to connect with our communities as part of our year-long 75th anniversary celebration,” explained Cindy Hefner, Manager of Public Relations for NEOEC. “It was really nothing more than that, and certainly not a publicity campaign. Most of the proj- ects weren’t even in areas we serve. However, all of the projects are in areas that can be accessed and enjoyed by our members, as well as the general public.” Hefner added that it was the cooperative’s hope


that the accomplishments might help bring communi- ties closer together. Of course, it also gave cooperative employees


a break from their normal duties and gave them a chance to bond in ways that they wouldn’t otherwise. “Overall, it was just a very rewarding experience,”


said Hefner. 4 - Northeast Connection


Har-Ber Village T e focus of the Har-Ber Village project was the


replacement of aging underground cable and improve- ment of service reliability at the park.


Spavinaw Park At Spavinaw, employees tackled fi ve diff erent


projects in order to create a bigger and better commu- nity park area. Aſt er removing some dilapidated play- ground equipment, employees constructed a full-size sand volleyball court complete with poles and net. A picnic shelter was erected, a donated merry-go-round was refurbished and installed, and the existing park basketball court poles and backboards refurbished and repainted. A terraced walkway was also constructed to make the park more accessible from the parking area up the hill.


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