Nine years ago, Tracie Trent adopted a son from Guatemala. Now, following her lead, the co-ops in her state are adopting a country.
In one of the largest projects undertaken by the NRECA International Foundation, the Indiana Statewide Association of RECs has organized a volunteer team of 29 linemen and two co-op executives that will help expand access to electricity in Guatemala.
“This came out of my wish to give something back to the country that allowed us to adopt our son,” said Trent, communications coordinator at the statewide association.
She pitched the idea to Bruce Graham, her CEO, and then to other co-op executives as a way to celebrate the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.