Basin Electric and its subsidiaries are committed to the communities where our people and members work and live. Those communities have supported us throughout the years by providing a strong workforce, essential services, and a sense of pride.
In appreciation for that support, Basin Electric expresses its cooperative spirit by extending a helping hand to our members and communities by donating time and funds to educational, charitable, fine arts, and medical organizations.
Commitment to community is part of what being a cooperative is all about. That's why Basin Electric employees take great pride in supporting United Way each year through an employee fundraising campaign.
United Way chapters throughout Basin Electric's nine-state service territory - and throughout the world - support communities by aiding partnering agencies such as food pantries, domestic abuse shelters, American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts.
Casual for a Cause and Jeans Days
Through its annual Casual for a Cause campaign, Basin Electric employees make a substantial donation to designated local charities. In 2021, employees donated $35,826 to Abused Adult Resource Center and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - North Dakota Chapter. Employees make contributions to the cause and are allowed to wear jeans to work each day.
In addition, employees are allowed to dress casually on Fridays through the Jeans Day program. Employees pay $1, and that week's chosen charity receives the donated dollars.
Basin's Backyard Garden
Basin's Backyard Garden project started off as a garden at Basin Electric's headquarters. It was tended by a group of employee volunteers who worked on their breaks, lunch hours, and after work.
The project has evolved and today Basin's Backyard Garden is "homegrown," meaning employees now bring produce from their own gardens at home to be donated to those in need.
The garden provides a source for charitable giving to local food pantries through the Hunger Free North Dakota program. Since its first year of production in 2014, nearly 4,400 pounds of fresh produce has been donated to local food pantries.