Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives


The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Iowa are driven by our cooperative commitment to community. 

Our Shine the Light contest is an opportunity for the employees and member-consumers of Iowa’s locally owned electric cooperatives to nominate someone who's making a positive difference in their community. Three nominated volunteers will each receive $2,500 for their local charities.

How to Enter

Contest entries for Shine the Light are accepted each year during the month of June at Starting June 1, you can nominate a deserving volunteer in your community by providing some basic contact information and answering this question in 500 words or less: How has your nominee made a positive difference in the community and how might their local charity/nonprofit use the $2,500 donation?

Member-consumers and employees of Iowa’s electric co-ops are eligible to nominate community volunteers. (If you receive electricity from an Iowa electric cooperative, you are a member-consumer and eligible to nominate.) The volunteer being nominated does not need to be a member-consumer of an electric cooperative. Minors may be nominated with permission/consent from their parents or legal guardians.

Click here to review the contest rules and eligibility requirements.

A judging panel will review all entries and select three winners who will each receive a $2,500 donation for their local charity or organization. Additionally, the winners will be featured in the September issue of Iowa Electric Cooperative Living magazine, which is mailed out monthly to over 55,000 co-op member-consumer households and businesses.

For additional information, please contact Erin Campbell, director of communications for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.

About Touchstone Energy

The largest utility network in the nation, the Touchstone Energy brand represents a nationwide alliance of over 750 local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives in 46 states. Championing the cause for lowest-cost, democratically governed energy, Touchstone Energy provides a unified face for hundreds of locally owned electric cooperatives across the country that power the lives of 32 million member-consumers.

Touchstone co-ops gain access to a wealth of advertising stock, education and training tools, member benefit programs and web development resources. By working jointly, the network of small cooperatives that make up Touchstone Energy generate services that would normally require the resources of a national corporation. Learn more at

Iowa's locally owned electric cooperatives are committed to providing safe, reliable, affordable & environmentally responsible power to 650,000 Iowans.

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