For over 80 years, CEMC has proudly served our communities through giving and employee volunteerism. And it’s all for that one simple reason. We want to see the communities we serve succeed.
Washington Youth Tour
Each year, 12 high school juniors from Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s five county service area have an incredible chance to spend a week in our nation’s capital, getting a front-row view of government, leadership, and public policy. The Washington Youth Tour, sponsored by CEMC and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., and learn about government.
Twelve graduating high school seniors from CEMC’s five county service are awarded $1,000 dollars in academic scholarships each year. Each scholarship is to be used toward tuition, textbooks, and/or required class materials after the winner has enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited Tennessee college, university, or trade school of his/her choice.
Co-op Day of Service
The Tennessee Electric Co-op Day of Service is an annual opportunity for employees to use their time, skills and expertise to have a positive impact on the communities they serve. CEMC employees have participated in various Day of Service projects including painting playground equipment at a local school, holding food and donation drives for local schools and communities, participating in a “Pink Out” in support of the American Cancer Society, and volunteering at multiple Second Harvest mobile food banks throughout the CEMC service area.
Students explore world of energy at 4-H camp
Each year CEMC helps send a group of rising sixth and seventh grade students to attend 4-H Electric Camp at the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus. CEMC’s campers join hundreds of other students from across the state in discovering the world of electricity by participating in various camp learning centers that provide “hands-on” activities where 4-H’ers are able to “learn by doing.”
CEMC Student Art Contest
Local students submit their best entries and winners will receive cash prizes and have their artwork published in CEMC’s calendar, which is displayed in homes, schools and businesses throughout our service area. Calendars are free and available at each of CEMC’s offices beginning in November of each year.
Students in participating elementary schools have contests to see which class in each grade level can collect the most food. CEMC awards the students with a popcorn and movie party before delivering the food to local help agencies.
Employees team up to raise money and awareness for groups such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation, American Cancer Society, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region and Clarksville Association for Downs Syndrome.
Read Across America
Each Spring CEMC employees participate in Read Across America, a reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.
TECA’s annual Youth Leadership Summit
High School juniors are chosen by school guidance counselors and sponsored by Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation. Delegates to the annual event receive a hands-on look at state government, learn networking and leadership skills and develop a better understanding of their local electric cooperatives. While in Nashville, the students visit the State Capitol Building where they are welcomed by members of the Tennessee General Assembly. Summit attendees also hold a mock session in the Senate chambers, debating and voting on a bill they developed.
Trees of Giving
During the month of December, hundreds of coats, gloves, scarves, hats and other winter clothing items are collected and used to “decorate” Christmas trees in each of Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s lobbies. The donations, which also include non-perishable food items, are given to local community assistance agencies in each district for distribution before Christmas.
During the year CEMC offers safety demonstrations for students, civic organization groups and first responders.