NRECA Honored for Promoting Employee Well-Being, Community Stewardship

ARLINGTON, Va. – For the 11th consecutive year, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has received the Companies As Responsive Employers (CARE) Award from the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS).

The CARE Award recognizes companies in Northern Virginia that excel in promoting employee well-being and community stewardship. It was developed by NVFS and area business leaders in 1993.

“We’re extremely proud to accept this award, and remain deeply committed to the values that it reflects,” said NRECA Chief Executive Officer Jim Matheson. “A healthy work-life balance is critically important to the continued success, happiness and well-being of our employees. As part of that commitment, our collaborative and inclusive culture encourages employees to engage in volunteer opportunities and explore new ways to give back to their communities.”

CARE Award recipients are selected based on their performance in the categories of flexible work arrangements, dependent care, work-family stress management, benefits and community involvement. The award will be presented to NRECA on November 17.

NRECA, which administers the health plans for many of its rural electric cooperative members, is fully committed to employee health and wellness. The association offers robust benefits to its members, including educational assistance, commuter assistance, telework and compressed work schedules. NRECA also offers an onsite fitness center, yoga classes, financial planning and an employer contribution match to employee Dependent Care FSA accounts.  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 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.