NRECA Recognized for Workplace Innovation and Family-Friendly Policies for 10th Consecutive Year

(ARLINGTON, Va.) – For the 10th consecutive year, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has received the Companies As Responsive Employers (CARE) Award by Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS).

Developed by NVFS and area business leaders in 1993, the CARE Award recognizes companies in Northern Virginia that excel in providing innovative, supportive and family-friendly policies, programs and services.

“We’re extremely proud to receive our 10th consecutive CARE award, because we place great value on creating a workplace that fully supports our employees and their families,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “NRECA strives to help employees find a healthy work-life balance and encourages them to explore opportunities to volunteer in their communities. Commitment to community is part of who we are as a cooperative, and it’s a value reflected in our employees and our more than 900 not-for-profit co-op members.”

Matheson will give the keynote address at a Nov. 18 NVFS ceremony, during which NRECA and 15 other local companies will receive the award.

CARE Award recipients are selected based on their performance in the categories of flexible work arrangements, dependent care, work-family stress management, and benefits and community involvement.

NRECA, which administers the health plans for many of its rural electric cooperative members, is fully committed to employee health and wellness. NRECA offers robust benefits including a free, onsite fitness center, free yoga and employer contribution match to employee Dependent Care and Medical FSA accounts. Additionally, NRECA offers educational assistance, commuter assistance, telework and compressed work schedules. Employees also can receive eight hours of paid leave for every 24 hours of volunteer work at approved organizations.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.