REC recognized for internship opportunities

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was recently recognized as a top employer for interns by the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership.

The award recognizes employers in the Commonwealth who provide high-quality internships to participants through:

  • exposure to senior leaders
  • structured mentorship programs
  • paid time off
  • housing allowances
  • security clearances
  • training for industry certifications

Over the past three years, REC has welcomed 17 interns to a variety of supporting departments.

Current Communications and Public Relations Department intern Mary Kate Bowers said, “I’ve held two internship positions at REC which have provided me with invaluable opportunities to learn and grow. I’ve had the chance to work autonomously on various projects which has allowed me to take ownership of my work and sharpen my skills. This experience has been instrumental in my professional development, equipping me with the tools and knowledge I need to excel in my future career.”

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News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on saving money

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) works hard to keep the power on.

We spoke to the Cooperative’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Casey tells us what REC did to improve service in 2023 and what the plan is for 2024.

She also tells us all the different ways REC and its members and employees give back to the communities they serve.

Casey also tells us the best ways REC members can save money.

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News Maker Casey Hollins on helping nonprofits for under a dollar

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has a way to support local nonprofits that will cost less than a dollar.

We spoke with REC’s Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about the opportunity in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Casey tells us that through the Power of Change program Cooperative Members can round up to the next dollar to help nonprofits.

She also tells us that Cooperative Members can opt in to offer even more.

Casey tells us that small amount of change adds up to a substantial amount for a nonprofit.

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REC and VDOT prepare for inclement weather this weekend

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) like everyone, are monitoring the winter weather system that could be affecting the area January 6.

The Cooperative has safety reminders and helpful tips available here.

It is important to keep devices charged, secure a secondary heating source, gather warm bedding and clothing before the storm hits.

Bookmark the REC/VDOT and River 953 websites to remain informed through any inclement weather.

Always report downed power lines to both local authorities through 911 as well as your electric provider.

Your electric provider will also provide an outage center at their respective websites.

VDOT is preparing as well by treating roads with plows at the ready.

VDOT offers up to the minute plow monitoring here.

Stay tuned to the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio AM 1450 for Kemp Miller’s comprehensive weather forecast and cancellations.

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Prepare now, some inclement weather is possible this weekend

Travel crews are preparing for what the National Weather Service says is a strong possibility of significant snow coming this weekend January 6 and 7.

Authorities are suggesting that you prepare now for the inclement weather.

It is always advised that if you don’t have to travel stay at home.

If you do have to travel winterize your vehicle and keep an emergency kit in your vehicle throughout the winter.

It is a good idea to keep phones powered in case of outages.

Both Shenandoah Valley and Rappahannock Electric Cooperatives are ready for services if  there are problems.

You can report and or track outages at both cooperatives interactive maps on their respective websites.

Stay tuned to Royal Broadcasting the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio AM 1450 for Kemp Miller’s comprehensive weather forecast and closing or delays as they develop.

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News Maker Casey Hollins on saving money with REC

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative is working to save its member owners money on both electric bills and shopping for the holidays.

We spoke with REC’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Casey tells us that not only will certain lighting can save you money but REC is offering consumer buying power.

She tells there is Vividly Brighter Marketplace for member owners.

Casey says Vividly Brighter Marketplace card holders will save on several items in the market place.

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REC names Karen Mills Director of Facilities Management

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the hiring of Karen Mills as the new Director of Facilities Management.

She will oversee the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operations of the Coop’s facilities and grounds as well as develop and maintain policies and procedures.

Mills previously served as the Senior Manager of Facilities Services for Washington Gas and before that worked with various technology companies.

She is a Virginia native and graduate of George Mason University.

REC’s Managing Director Tosh Bowe said, “Her extensive knowledge and experience will ensure efficient operations and effective resource utilization at the Cooperative.”

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News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on cutting winter energy costs

Scott Bradley speaks with the Newsmaker Casey Hollins of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative about how to save money on your electric bill as the temperatures drop.

She provides a few tips like removing window a/c units and checking for gaps in windows.

Casey also shares the resources REC members can contact if they fall behind on payments during this difficult economy.

Click here for Casey’s News Maker.

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News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on cutting winter energy costs

Scott Bradley speaks with the Newsmaker Casey Hollins of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative about how to save money on your electric bill as the temperatures drop.

She provides a few tips like removing window a/c units and checking for gaps in windows.

Casey also shares the resources REC members can contact if they fall behind on payments during this difficult economy.

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REC awards $101,000 to local nonprofits

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the recipients of their bi-annual Power of Change Awards.

Through the Power of Change, member owners at REC voluntarily support nonprofits for those in need.

Over $101,000 was awarded to 24 nonprofits in the community this fall.

Some of those recipients include:

  • The 2 for 2 Foundation in Winchester which received $5,000 for their Swim Literacy Program
  • BRAWS, or Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters, in Frederick County received over $6,000 to provide undergarments and personal supplies for women and girls in need
  • Literacy Volunteers- Winchester Area was the recipient of $7,500 for their Family Literacy Program
  • Faithworks Winchester accepted $4,000 to supplement out of the ordinary and unexpected financial burdens for low income families and individuals
  • Living by His Grace Ministries in Front Royal received $5,000 to prevent the exploitation of children in the community
  • Front Royal/Warren County CCCAP’s Family Resource Center computer station acquired $1,500 through the program.

Applications for the Spring edition of The Power of Change opens on December 8th with the deadline to apply on February 10th, 2024.

REC members looking to give back to the community can participate by making a one time donation, enrolling in a set monthly amount, or rounding up on their monthly bill.

To learn more about The Power of Change or apply, click here.

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