Community organizations encouraged to apply for ECE Touchstone Energy Award

Great groups of dedicated volunteers abound in east central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, and East Central Energy (ECE) applauds them for their service.

As a gesture of appreciation, each year the cooperative presents the Touchstone Energy® Community Award, recognizing a civic organization or local non-profit for its outstanding contributions to the community.

Any organization in ECE’s service territory is eligible to compete for the award. The recognition comes with a $500 cash prize. Organizations are encouraged to apply for the award themselves, or applications can be submitted by others on behalf of a civic group or non-profit.

Application forms are available at or call 1-800-254-7944, ext. 8046. Completed applications must be received by Oct. 28. The award recipient will be announced in November and will then contend for the statewide Touchstone Energy Community Award, which has a cash prize of $1,000.

Previous recipients have been recognized for their ongoing role in projects such as youth mentoring or for leadership of a specific community project, such as building a baseball field.

As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, ECE is one of more than 700 local, member-owned electric cooperatives that incorporate the values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community in the work they do.