Cooperative Review - January 2018
Vol68-1 January 2018

Employees raise $47,642 for local environmental groups

SMECO employees held two fund-raising events in 2017 and donated $11,910 to four different organizations that focus on the environment:

  • In Calvert County: the American Chestnut Land Trust
  • In Charles County: the Port Tobacco River Conservancy
  • In Prince George’s County: the Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • In St. Mary’s County: the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association

SMECO employees raised the money through the SMECO 75 Bike Ride held in June and the SMECO Annual Charity Golf Outing in September. The events are supported by a group of employee volunteers, vendors, and the SMECO executive team.

Each year, the Co-op selects a different organization to benefit from the fundraising events and in just the last five years, SMECO employee fund-raisers have contributed $215,000 to local organizations.

What’s ahead in 2018?

2018 Charity: Hospice organizations in Southern Maryland

SMECO 75 Bike Ride: June 2, 2018

The SMECO 75 Bike Ride is open to the public. Participants can choose among three routes of 29, 47, and 75 miles that start at the co-op’s headquarters in Hughesville and go as far as Colton’s Point in St. Mary’s County. Cyclists who want to participate in the SMECO 75 Bike Ride can register online at Active.com beginning January 1, 2018.

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