Co-op People
Power of Our People
Nominate a co-op member in your area who improves the community’s quality of life

Boerne High School student and Eagle Scout Hunter Beaton raised $10,000 to give duffel bags to Texas foster kids. Now he’s given away more than 20,000 bags, and he’s still going.

Working alone from her home in Sonora, Nancy Johnson created a statewide network of people knitting thousands of red hats for babies born in February. The goal? To build awareness of congenital birth defects.

Do you know someone who helps people in their co-op community?

Texas Co-op Power wants to recognize your local heroes.

Electric cooperatives are built of people working together to create a community of families and a family of communities. When it comes to people helping others and making a difference in the community, there’s always someone special who makes an extra effort.

We want to recognize your local heroes. If you know someone in your community who is making a difference with the volunteer work they do, let us know. The work can be a formal program or a personal endeavor. It can involve helping people, empowering others in the community or even preserving the environment.

Help us recognize your local hero. Email a brief description of the person and the work they do to help others or improve the community. Please include your name, contact information and co-op affiliation. We’ll highlight select nominees in a future issue of Texas Co-op Power.


People Who Are Making a Difference

Learn more about these Power of Our People winners and their community programs.

Nancy Johnson’s Red Hats project is a statewide network of people knitting thousands of red hats for babies to build awareness of congenital birth defects.

Hunter Beaton and his mom make life better for foster children.

12-year-old Avery Graves takes the sting out of blood sugar testing.

Donna Stottlemyer helps bring free pet therapy services to her community.

Brenda Hardesty helped create the Eldorado Second Harvest Food Pantry.

Ellen Fuller works tirelessly to ensure that national Wreaths Across America day reaches as many veterans’ graves in Texas as possible.

Jerry Reichert and Hobby Crafters provide handmade wooden toys distributed to children in North Texas by more than 20 churches and charities.

Althea Conrado knits blankets for Austin hospice patients.

Elaine Thomas wrote a newspaper series featuring stories of World War II veterans, which developed into a book.

Howard Daniel Jr. leads a quest to address mental health needs and developmental disabilities in East Texas.

Lone Star Santas deliver joy when and where there is a need.

Christina Kuper installed the Hawley Sharing Box at the end of her driveway to make food, toys, school supplies and toiletries available for anybody driving past her home.



What is the Power of Our People program?

This is a program designed to identify the extraordinary individuals who are making a positive difference in Texas co-op communities.


How do I nominate someone?

Send an email to Name the person and the co-op of which he or she is a member. Describe the work he or she does in a few sentences. Please explain the benefit of this work to the community.


How soon will the nominations be evaluated?

This is an ongoing program. When we see a Power of Our People nominee whose success needs to be shared, we’ll prepare a story for publication.


How will we know who has been chosen?

Honorees will be mentioned in Texas Co-op Power magazine, and we’ll donate $100 to their program..

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