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Fall is a busy time, and October is a particularly eventful month with school, community and sports activities in full swing. It’s also when all cooperatives celebrate National Co-op Month. Celebrating Co-op Month, really means we are celebrating you – our members! After all, our co-op wouldn’t exist without you.

Our core business purpose is to serve as your electricity provider, but the larger mission of the co-op is to help make our corner of the world a better place. “Concern for Community” is one of seven guiding principles that all co-ops share. 

Similar to how our wires run through our service territory, our concern for community flows through all of our decisions—because being a co-op means being a responsible partner and good neighbor. 

Fayette Electric Cooperative and Colorado Valley Telephone Cooperative work to help our community thrive through initiatives led by our employees and local board that’s comprised of neighbors who live right here in our community. Because we’re local, we understand our community’s unique needs and strive to help meet them.

The word “cooperative” is close to “cooperation,” meaning people working together towards a common goal—mutually benefitting one another and the larger community. That’s the essence of the cooperative spirit. Our employees and member-elected board members are invested in the community in which they live and serve. 

In the spirit of National Cooperative Month and as a special thank you to our members, Colorado Valley Telephone Cooperative is teaming up with Fayette EC to host their 5th Annual Shred Day on Friday, October 7.  

Gruene Shredding, a document shredding firm, will provide an on-site shredding truck to shred documents from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Fayette Electric Cooperative’s office located at 357 North Washington St. in La Grange, and from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Colorado Valley Telephone Cooperative’s office located at 4915 South US Hwy 77, La Grange.  

Free shredding of confidential documents will be provided, up to three boxes per member. A donation of $10 per box is requested for members bringing more than three boxes. These donations will benefit the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter and the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church Building Fund. 

Boxes may be no larger than 26.7” long x 15.7” wide (equivalent to a 21-gallon tote). No boxes or containers of any kind may be left behind. All members participating in shredding services are required to remain with their items and in their vehicles. No dropping off of items is allowed. Electronics, ink cartridges and cardboard will not be accepted.   

If you have questions, visit or or call Colorado Valley Telephone Cooperative at 979-242-5911 or Fayette Electric Cooperative at 979-968-3181.