CORE Commitments

CORE Electric Cooperative’s mission is to connect lives and communities through choice and innovation. We seek to provide for the communities we serve – not just through reliable electric service, but by also partnering with local programs, businesses and organizations.

Every year, CORE contributes to hundreds of worthy causes and organizes several charitable programs. We also maintain an employee volunteer program, CORE Cares.

Additional info about CORE’s ongoing commitments is available below. Contact our Public Affairs department if you have questions or comments.

Current Programs

CORE members can help fellow Coloradans stay warm during colder months by donating new and gently used winter coats to the annual Coats for Colorado drive, which typically spans October and November. CORE members can drop off coats at any of our four offices during this time. We collect and deliver member donations to the drive. Last year, members donated nearly 600 coats. Click here for more information.

CORE Cares is an employee volunteer program that allows CORE employees to spend a workday volunteering at a local nonprofit or charitable organization. Visit our CORE Cares page for more information.

Energy Outreach Colorado helps thousands of struggling Coloradans pay for home energy. Each year CORE matches member donations to EOC dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000 total. CORE members can contribute on a one-time or monthly basis through, or by filling out and returning the form on the reverse side of their monthly bill’s payment stub.

Seasonal Programs

CORE invites budding artists in grades 1 through 5 to help us promote National Electrical Safety Month by submitting original safety-themed artwork. One winning entry is selected per grade, earns its artist $100 and appears as part of our safety communications in May. We typically begin accepting safety poster contest entries in February.

Since 1988, CORE’s board of directors has awarded grants to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education. This year we awarded 35 grants – five per director district – of $2,000 each. Grant recipients are chosen via a lottery-type drawing, as there are no scholastic requirements. The application window for 2022 education grants will open in January.

Visit this page to see this year’s education grant recipients or submit a request for notification when the 2022 education grant application window opens.

In December and January, CORE invites members to bring their unwanted string lights to any CORE office so that we can recycle them and donate the proceeds to Energy Outreach Colorado. This past holiday season, we collected nearly 6,000 pounds of lights and generated more than $1,400 for EOC.