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DIY: Energy-Efficiency Class

Learn easy ways to save energy and money on January 16 If you want to lower your monthly energy use and don’t know where to start, Benton REA’s energy-efficiency class is for you. Sign up for our next class on Thursday, January 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Benton REA West Richland Community…

Benton REA Journeyman Lineworker Curtis Bohlke donated blood at the Co-op's drive on August 8, 2019.

Blood Donors Needed

Benton REA is partnering with the American Red Cross to collect blood donations Thursday, January 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton REA Prosser office. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is…

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Sign up for Youth Program and Energy-Efficiency Webinars

Benton REA will host three free webinars in November about its youth programs and residential energy-efficiency programs. “We want to let our members know about these great member benefits, but we know not everyone has time to attend a class”, says Troy Berglund, manager of community development and member relations. “By attending a webinar, you…

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Seeking Feature Story Nominations

Benton REA is seeking local story ideas for 2020. Have you ever recognized your neighbor, family member or friend on the cover of Ruralite magazine? Chances are if you’ve been a member for a few years, you have. Maybe you know someone who could be featured. Each month, Benton REA features a member, business, charity…

LED Lucy and Trustee Ron Johnson, right, greeted members at the annual meeting.

82nd Annual Meeting Draws 530 Attendees

82nd Annual Meeting Draws 530 Attendees For the first time since 1980, Benton REA held the annual meeting of members in West Richland. More than 530 attended the family event on July 13 at Leona Libby Middle School. Tethered hot air balloon rides began at 8 a.m., and 143 people rode the basket at least…

Shelby Moore, executive director of Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care, accepts a donation from Benton REA Board President Mike Freepons.

Balloon Rides for Charity

Balloon Rides for Charity The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives hot air balloon rose 50 feet in the air over and over again the morning of July 13. 143 members of Benton REA enjoyed an experience of a lifetime on a tethered hot air balloon ride at the 82nd Benton REA annual meeting. “Every day the Touchstone…

2019 Scholarship Recipients: Skyler Younkin, Parker Johnson, Emily Bonus, Joel Kartchner and Kate Whalen

2019 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Five graduating high school students from West Richland were awarded $8,000 Benton REA academic scholarships to aid with their college tuition. Each year, when unclaimed capital credit checks are returned to Benton REA, the money is used to help fund scholarships for students whose parents are members of Benton REA. The scholarship committee looks at…

Youth Tour students stand with Senator Patty Murray

Co-op Youth in D.C.

Nearly 2,000 children of electric cooperative members from across the nation traveled to Washington, D.C., June 13-20 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling, both of West Richland, represented Benton REA. This year, four Washington delegates toured the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, war memorials and met with their state…

A woman hugs her daughter who needs a blood transfusion

Upcoming Community Blood Drives at Benton REA

Benton REA will host two community and employee blood drives with the American Red Cross in 2019. The first is August 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton REA West Richland office. The second will be at the Benton REA Prosser office October 24. “Hosting a blood drive coincides with the cooperative…

Taylor Smith with the Washington state flag.

Taylor Smith Represents Washington state in Youth Leadership Council

Some children born in rural communities choose to plant roots in their hometown. Others seek a “better life” in urban areas after high school. Benton REA believes a better life can be had in both scenarios by investing in the rural community leaders of tomorrow. Taylor Smith, daughter of Benton REA members Blake and Sheri…