Cooperation and Concern for Community Shine in Storm’s Wake

Posted on Oct 14, 2020

Matthew Pierce, Pioneer’s Vice President of Finance & Administration.

Despite historic weather and pandemic-triggered challenges, two of our shared ideals shine in 2020:

Cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community.


When Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana, the storm destroyed power lines and displaced almost 40 co-op employees. To provide much-needed support, the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives activated the statewide association’s hurricane relief fund.

Staff from across all of Pioneer’s family of companies (ARC Media, Efficiency Services Group, NewsData and WordSouth) were quick to respond, donating more than $5,000. Pioneer not only matched each contribution—we partnered with another cooperative, CoBank, to double our match.

Teaming up with CoBank helped triple Pioneer employee contributions, raising $15,570 to support electric co-op employees impacted by Hurricane Laura.

Cooperatives, co-op employees and co-op partners across the nation raised almost $200,000 for the impacted staff at Beauregard Electric Cooperative and Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative.

“We began getting inquires from our sister cooperatives and cooperative partners all over the United States within days of the storm,” said ALEC Chief Operating Officer Beama Pierce. “It was overwhelming to see the outpour of love and support.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities and families that are recovering, especially since the same area was hit by Hurricane Delta last week.


Cooperative Strength

Cooperation doesn’t stop at state lines, and we shouldn’t limit sharing our co-op story to October’s National Cooperative Month.

Cooperation is a powerful tool for meeting community needs.

We’re proud to be part of the Louisiana co-op family, partnering with ALEC to publish Louisiana Country and Along These Lines. Adding ARC Media and WordSouth as service partners this year further strengthened our commitment to serving the needs of community-owned utilities in Louisiana and across the Southeast.

In the months and years ahead, we look forward to ongoing creative partnerships with ALEC, CoBank and other cooperative partners. We stand together to care for our communities, united by our shared cooperative principles.




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