TCEC and PTCI come together to celebrate in recognition of National Co-op Month during October 2020

Many small businesses, whether retail or restaurants, have had a tough year. Community members may be struggling as well. Giving back to the community is woven into the cooperative spirit. Two local cooperatives, TCEC and PTCI, come together once again in Co-op Month this October to bring the power of caring to the communities they serve with Co-ops Care.

Co-ops Care is a joint effort by the two cooperatives that will benefit 100 local businesses and 100 members through a giveaway of 100 gift certificates in the amount of $50 each. The one-time effort replaces the traditional Pumpkins at the Park event that has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Anyone who lives in the cooperative service area of PTCI or TCEC may enter the giveaway. Drawings will be held throughout the month of October. To enter, see full rules and gift certificates available, please visit

“We have partnered with PTCI on community contributions for years,” said TCEC CEO Zac Perkins. “It fits well with our cooperative principles of ‘Cooperation Among Cooperatives’ and ‘Concern for Community’ to come together and give back.”

This would have been the fifth year for the Pumpkins at the Park event. Other joint efforts from TCEC and PTCI include the International Year of Cooperatives appreciation events in 2012, contributions to the YMCA and other initiatives like the Boise City Recreation Foundation splash pad.

“Working together is the cooperative way,” said PTCI CEO Jana Wallace. “From serving our members to giving back to the community, this is what we do.”

Anyone interested in learning more about Co-ops Care can visit

Listen to Co-ops Care on Live From Broadcast Square

Originally recorded on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI) is the first Gig Certified internet service provider in the state of Oklahoma, offering affordable fiber-optic high-speed internet, cellular service with nationwide coverage, and home and business phone services. PTCI, established in 1954, serves rural residential and business customers of the Oklahoma Panhandle area. Headquartered in Guymon, Oklahoma, PTCI has branch locations in Boise City, Beaver, and Laverne, Oklahoma. For more information, visit

Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC), headquartered in Hooker, Oklahoma, is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC commits to safely power our communities with innovation, accountability and integrity – every member, every time. The cooperative serves about 23,000 meters and 12,500 members in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, the northern border of the Texas Panhandle and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit