Honor Someone Making a Difference


Delaware Electric Cooperative, in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, is pleased to announce the third annual #WhoPowersYou Contest, honoring local heroes. It’s a chance for DEC members and employees to nominate someone who’s making a difference in our community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections. In addition to being nationally recognized, nominees can win up to $5,000 for the cause they champion. To nominate a local hero in our community, please visit whopowersyou.com and submit the nominee’s name, photo and a brief description of how they make a difference in our community.

Nominations open on Oct. 1 and must be submitted by midnight on Nov. 4. Only members of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, including those served by Delaware Electric Cooperative, are eligible to be nominated. Winners will be announced in December. An independent panel of judges will select winners based upon the positive impact they make on the community, creativity of the entry and the number of votes they receive. Delaware Electric Cooperative and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives launched the #WhoPowersYou Contest in 2016 to honor people making a powerful impact in their community. 

Three incredible Delaware Electric Cooperative members have been named previous winners of the #WhoPowersYou contest! In 2016, Karli Swope was honored for her work as one of the founders of the Grass Roots Rescue Society in Rehoboth. Since the group’s founding in 2013, Swope and her team of volunteers have rescued and found homes for more than 600 animals. In 2017, Co-op members Chase Marvil and Mary Rio were named winners of the contest. Mary was honored for founding Clothing our Kids, a non-profit based in Sussex County that has provided clothing to thousands of children in need. Currently, 150 volunteers are working with Clothing Our Kids to improve the lives of kids in southern Delaware. Chase was honored for his work with the Inspiring Project, a global organization he founded to help end the stigma associated with bullying and suicide. Chase and his inspiring messages have inspired nearly 100,000 people around the world.

If you know other Co-op members deserving of recognition, please nominate them at www.whopowersyou.com.