Cooperatives From Across the Country Contribute to Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

TAMPA, FL – Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole) alongside other electric cooperatives from across the country came together on Monday, October 8, in support of NRECA’s 2018 PowerUp Conference community service project at Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), based in Arlington, Virginia, hosted the 2018 “PowerUp” Conference in Tampa, Florida, with close to 300 attendees from 153 cooperatives from across the country. As part of the conference, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Metropolitan Ministries Service Project in Tampa. There were 75 cooperative employees from 43 cooperatives that volunteered for this project. During the project, the volunteers were divided into working groups to work in the kitchen, thrift store, clothing warehouse, and perform environmental services.

“We saw a need, we took the challenge and we conquered it!” said NRECA Sr. Executive Assistant in the Education and Training department, Sheila Glenn. “I’m so pleased with the outpouring of care and concern that the PowerUp attendees showed for the Tampa community. This has been one of the most gratifying opportunities to visit the Metropolitan Ministries and know that our volunteering services, and monetary and in-kind donations will give HOPE and change lives in the Tampa community.”

To support this project, Seminole organized an employee donation drive prior to the conference. Collectively, Seminole’s employees donated items such as diapers, formula, and dry cereal to the Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa Bay.

“Giving back to the community in volunteer efforts and donations is a great way to demonstrate the Cooperative Principle, ‘Concern for Community’, said Seminole CEO Lisa Johnson. “I am proud of Seminole’s employees for their contributions to the project, as well as all the cooperatives nationwide who participated in the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Ministries service project.”


Based in Tampa, Florida, Seminole is one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the country. Seminole’s purpose is to provide essential wholesale services to our Members through a balanced, diversified portfolio of safe, affordable, and reliable energy resources. Seminole and its Members, nine not-for-profit, consumer-owned distribution electric cooperatives, collectively serve 1.7 million individuals and businesses in 42 Florida counties.

Seminole Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer.