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Keep pets safe from electrical hazards

April 4, 2024 – Electrical hazards around the home can cause serious harm and even death to furry family members. Keep the following safety tips in mind to protect pets from the dangers that electricity poses:

  • Protect pets from electrical cords by covering with a heavy plastic sleeve or applying a bitter tasting product to deter pets from chewing. Chewing on cords can cause deadly shock!
  • Never leave charging cords plugged in when not in use and in view. Serious burns or shock can happen if pets put these cords in their mouths.
  • Ensure that night lights and appliances are fully plugged into wall outlets with no exposed prongs which could attract tiny paws or tongues.
  • Ensure that no cords are dangling from conveniences such as lamps and appliances. These cords could easily get pulled down and potentially start a fire.
  • Never allow pets to nap or play behind and/or near computer equipment, dryers or other large electrical appliances.
  • Do not allow pets to curl up for a nap behind warm computer equipment, clothes dryer or other electrical items. Keep an eye on pets and steer furry friends away from situations that could cause an electrical risk.

If an animal comes in contact with an electrical hazard, it is essential to check the pet for signs of burns, increased drooling, coughing, difficulty breathing or signs of suffering. If any of these symptoms are present, immediately contact a veterinarian.

Spin Cycle Energy Savings

March 13, 2024On average, Americans do approximately 300 loads of laundry per year which equates to nearly six loads per week! Although washing and drying loads of laundry is just one of the power devourers in your home, every bit counts when it comes to saving money. The following tips can help you save electricity from the spin cycle on your washer to the buzzer on your dryer!

  • Wash full loads of laundry, but be careful not to overload your washing machine.
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes whenever possible. If you must, use warm water but try to avoid using hot water unless completely necessary.
  • Presoak heavily soiled items to avoid having to wash items twice, or invest in the quality laundry detergent to eliminate the need to presoak.
  • Use a clothesline when possible. Air is FREE!
  • Use the automatic dry cycle. Over drying wastes electricity and can diminish the quality of your clothes over time.
  • Remove and clean the lint screen from your dryer after every load. Lint buildup hinders airflow in your dryer causing the machine to use more energy.
  • Check the outside exhaust of your clothes dryer regularly. A clogged exhaust can extend the time it takes to dry your clothes while wasting electricity.
  • Invest in an ENERGY STAR® washer and dryer which use less electricity than other models without foregoing any of the reliability of other washers and dryers.

For more ways to cut down on energy consumption while saving on your electric bill, visit

LCEC honors employees with more than 500 volunteer hours

March 7, 2024 – The LCEC Pay It Forward Program began in 2016 to encourage volunteerism and support the efforts of employees to give to their favorite qualifying non-profit organization. With this program, employees who volunteer and track volunteer hours can earn Pay It Forward donation dollars to be awarded to a 501 (c)(3) charity of choice. LCEC employees who volunteer between 50-100 hours in the community can designate a not-for-profit organization to receive up to a $100 donation.

Each year, LCEC celebrates employees who volunteer 500+ hours in a year. LCEC employees gathered today to celebrate Don, Jenell, Nancy, and Nicky on reaching this milestone in 2023. Each of these impressive employees was entered into a drawing for $500 to the charity of their choice! Nancy was the lucky winner of the raffle and opted to divide the $500 between the charities of choice for each 500 Club recipient! These charities include the Cape Charter School Foundation, Visuality, Inc., Cape American Baseball Koza/Saladino Field, Guns n Hoses Pipes n Drums of SW FL, and the Calendar Girls.

LCEC also thanks and applauds all of the incredible employees whose passion for philanthropy results in thousands of volunteer hours each and every year!

Simple tricks to trim your energy usage

February 29, 2024 – Conserving electricity doesn’t just reduce your carbon footprint, it can help reduce your electric bill. Follow these simple tips to trim your energy usage:

  • Plant a tree. Trees help shade your home and keep it cool! Be sure to plant the right tree in the right place. Visit for information on tree planting and power lines.
  • Keep the refrigerator shut. Be mindful of how much you open your fridge since you lose one-third of cold air each time that door opens.
  • Choose the cold cycle. Washing your clothes in hot water can be pricey depending on how many loads you do in a week and what time of day you do them. Choose cold water to cut down on energy usage.
  • Turn it off. Always turn off lights, ceiling fans, televisions or anything that uses electricity when not in use.
  • Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. As old light bulbs burn out, invest in either compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These light bulbs use substantially less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and last much longer. CFLs have a lifespan of 10,000-15,000 hours while LEDs last nearly 25,000-23,000 hours. Incandescent light bulbs last just 1,500 hours!

For more practical ways to conserve energy, visit the Energy Efficiency tab on

LCEC honored as Large Business of the Year by Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce

February 13, 2024 LCEC was named as the Large Business of the Year at the 2024 Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Gala honoring excellence in business on Friday, February 9 at the Mercola Market of Cape Coral. LCEC CEO Denise Vidal proudly accepted the award on behalf of LCEC and acknowledged the dedication of all 430 employees. “Our mission and vision, cooperative principles, and core values serve as guides to excellence. I sincerely thank every employee for their hard work and commitment to those guidelines and to our members,” said Vidal.

Board installations also took place at the gala. LCEC congratulates employees Jenell Dolan and Jeff Justin who were inducted onto the Board of Directors for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce.

Deadline Approaching for LCEC Environmental Funding Awards

February 8, 2024 – The deadline to apply for an LCEC Environmental Funding Award is Friday, March 15. Applicants must meet certain criteria to be considered for an award. Visit to apply. LCEC Environment Funding Awards are awarded twice annually with deadlines happening on March 15 and September 1. More than $265,000 has been awarded since the program’s inception in 2013. Contact with questions.

Sail away from power lines

January 31, 2024 – The skies are clear and the waterways of SWFL are calling. Boating enthusiasts are reminded to steer clear of power lines. Contacting power lines poses a risk of power interruptions which could result in serious injuries and even death.

  • Always be aware of power lines when boating or fishing. Be sure to keep at least 10 feet distance between your boat and power lines.
  • If your boat comes in contact with a power line, do not jump into the water! The water could be energized and dangerous. Remain calm and stay in the boat, but do not touch anything metal until help arrives and the boat is no longer in contact with the line.
  • If your boat’s wiring is not in compliance with American Yacht Club Standards, hire a professional to get to get your boat’s electrical system in compliance.
  • Check that your dockside outlets have GFCIs, and that any cords plugged into the outlets are in good condition without any exposed wires or broken casing.

LCEC thanks all boaters for respecting the importance of boating safely around power lines. Visit for more safety tips.

LCEC Partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL for Food Distribution Event

January 24, 2024 – LCEC, Harry Chapin Food Bank, and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL have partnered to host a drive-thru style food distribution event on Friday, January 26, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ocean Church, 2016 Kismet Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL 33909. This food distribution will benefit 750 families with food. Baby products will also be available for up to 300 families in the Cape Coral community. From distributing food to those in need to planting mangroves in areas ravaged by Hurricane Ian to mentoring children in local schools, LCEC energizes our community in more ways than one!

Stay safe around pad-mounted transformers

January 18, 2024 – Pad-mounted transformers are large, green, locked boxes that are typically located in residential neighborhoods. Pad-mounted transformers work similarly to the transformers (gray cans) on the top of electric poles. Simply put, they convert higher-voltage electricity to a lower voltage so that it is safe for your home. Pad-mounted transformers work with underground power lines while transformers on the pole work directly with the overhead electric lines.

When it comes to staying safe around pad-mounted transformers, LCEC reminds residents to:

  • Not touch, climb or play near or on pad-mounted transformers
  • Keep surrounding areas clear for easy access by line crews
  • Not plant or dig near pad-mounted transformers
  • Report damaged or unlocked pad-mounted transformers to your electric utility

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit

LCEC Lineman Extinguish House Fire

January 12, 2024 – LCEC takes great pride in recognizing the heroic actions of two dedicated lineman, Jason Brennan and Jarrett Cornell. These courageous individuals acted quickly to respond to, and extinguish, a house fire in Island Vista Estates Mobile Home Community on Thursday, January 11.

While driving from one job to another, Brennan and Cornell noticed thick black smoke in the air. As they approached, they saw flames reaching up to 10-12 feet high, bystanders outside, and no emergency personnel nearby.

Without hesitation, the two linemen sprang into action. “We didn’t think twice about it. It was something that needed to be done,” said Cornell. They knocked on the door and urged the individual inside the burning trailer to evacuate. The fire department had been dispatched and in the meantime, the LCEC linemen immediately grabbed the fire extinguishers from their truck to begin putting out the fire. When the extinguishers ran out, they quickly hooked up a neighbor’s hose and continued to fight the fire. Thanks to their quick thinking and bravery, no one was injured. The two workers stayed on the scene until the fire department arrived, and then set off on their way to their next job.

Brennan, who has years of experience in the utility field, stated, “I have never encountered a situation like this before.” LCEC fieldworkers undergo annual First-Aid, fire extinguisher, and CPR training.


12th Annual LCEC 5K Run/Walk a Success

January 10, 2024 – Nearly 150 people participated in the 12th Annual LCEC Run/Walk to benefit United Way at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, Florida on Saturday, January 6. To date, this 5K has raised more than $35,000 for the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. The support of community participants and LCEC volunteers make it possible to give to those in our community that need it most. The 5K committee is already hard at work planning for next year’s race!

Electrical Safety for DIY Elves

December 20, 2023For those trimming the tree and decorating your home this week, remember to keep electrical safety in mind.

  • Lights – Toss any frayed wires, broken bulbs and burnt lights.
  • Outlets – Plugging in excessive cords into an electric source can pose a fire risk. Abide by safety instructions.
  • Power down – Always power off electrical decorations before you head to bed or leave your home. Better yet, invest in decorations with timers to save you time and electricity while keeping you and your loved ones safe.
  • LEDs Incandescent bulbs are nostalgic but generate a lot of heat and waste electricity. Invest in LEDs for a brighter, long-lasting, energy-efficient alternative to other bulbs.
  • GFCIs – Outside electrical décor should be plugged into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). If you do not have GFCIs, portable versions can be purchased from electrical supply stores.

From the LCEC family to yours, happy holidays!!

Duke Energy, Coastal Conservation Association Florida and LCEC plant 500 mangroves at state park devastated by Hurricane Ian

December 12, 2023 – Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, a popular destination with one of the most pristine stretches of beaches in Naples, is getting a much-needed mangrove makeover to restore portions of its shoreline affected by Hurricane Ian.

Earlier today, more than 25 volunteers from Duke Energy Florida, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Florida, as well as special help from Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), teamed up to lead the restoration by planting 500 red and black mangroves across a 4,400-square-foot portion of the park.

The mangroves were grown and donated by the Duke Energy Crystal River Mariculture Center, a company-owned-and-operated fish hatchery dedicated to environmental conservation, and CCA Florida. Additionally, Sunshine Ace Hardware, a local hardware store, donated shovels to aid in the restoration project.

Florida’s mangrove ecosystems serve a vital role in the overall health of the state’s coastal estuaries. Mangroves reduce coastal erosion caused by storm surges and improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Mangrove soils and roots also sequester carbon dioxide while providing habitat and refuge to a wide variety of fish and wildlife.

While the park is outside of Duke Energy Florida’s service territory, this is not the first time the company has joined restoration efforts in southwest Florida.

Three days after Hurricane Ian exited the state, Duke Energy Florida wrapped up restoration of approximately 1 million customers and immediately deployed more than 500 Duke Energy workers and contractors from across the country to help restore power alongside LCEC in Cape Coral and Pine Island.

“As a company, our work doesn’t end when the restoration ends,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. “The relationships we made with LCEC and the entire community during this response were unforgettable. We are proud to be back in southwest Florida, helping to restore this important habitat with assistance from CCA Florida.”

As of May 2023, portions of Delnor-Wiggins State Park reopened to the public for limited use and activities; however, some areas remain closed, including the location where the planting took place this afternoon.

More than 30 years ago, the Duke Energy Crystal River Mariculture Center started as an environmental compliance requirement to operate nearby power plants and has since grown into one of Florida’s most successful fish hatcheries and conservation allies.

Instead of shutting down the operation when the power plants closed and the environmental requirement was no longer necessary, Eric Latimer, Duke Energy Florida’s manager of the Mariculture Center, found ways to work with nonprofits, universities and state agencies, like CCA Florida, among others, to rebuild and maintain Florida’s fish populations and habitats that were being impacted by declining water quality and disasters such as red tide and hurricanes.

“The work that is being done today by Eric and the team at the Mariculture Center will have an incredible, lasting impact on Florida’s coastal estuaries,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida’s executive director. “Florida’s fisheries would drastically decline without healthy mangrove populations and we thank Duke Energy for their unwavering commitment to the conservation of Florida’s marine resources.”

To date, the Mariculture Center, with help from CCA Florida, has released nearly 5 million fish and crustaceans along Florida’s coasts and has donated approximately $200,000 worth of submerged aquatic vegetation for habitat restoration projects in lakes, springs and shorelines across the state.


LCEC 12th Annual 5K Run/Walk for United Way

December 7, 2023 – The LCEC 12th Annual 5K to benefit the United Way will be held on January 6, 2024. The LCEC Resolution Run 5K/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, Florida. This event is in-person and virtual. Racers should register at, at packet pick-up, or in-person until 7 a.m. race day through a mobile device. The Kids Fun Run will immediately follow the 5K. Advance registration is $30 ($35 after January 3) and $15 for the kids (age 12 and under) Fun Run ($20 after January 3). Last year’s event raised over $5,000 and year to date over $32,000 for United Way of Lee and Hendry. For race information, visit, email or call 239-656-2380. All proceeds benefit United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades.

Serve up energy savings this Thanksgiving

November 15, 2023 – As you prepare for family, friends, fun and feasting this Thanksgiving, avoid being a turkey when it comes to energy usage! Gobble up savings by following these tips from LCEC:

  • Cook multiple things at once and resist the urge to peek into the oven. Every time you open your oven, the temperature drops by 25 to 30 degrees in addition to raising the temperature in your kitchen.
  • Maximize your microwave. Microwaves use half as much electricity as conventional ovens, and cook items in a shorter time. Cook side dishes in the microwave, and leave the big dishes for the oven.
  • Match up pots and pans to your burners.
  • Use a cooler for items like drinks to prevent having to open your fridge repeatedly.
  • Save time, water and electricity by using your dishwasher to clean your Thanksgiving mess. Fill it completely to get the most bang for your buck.

Happy Thanksgiving from the LCEC family to yours!

LCEC partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL for food distribution event

November 8, 2023 – LCEC, Harry Chapin Food Bank, and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL have partnered to host a market-style food distribution event on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Faith Assembly of God, 7101 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers, FL 33917. This food distribution will benefit 200+ families with food. Baby products will also be available for up to 150 families in the North Fort Myers community. These food distribution events are just one way LCEC delivers on its core value of energizing the community by taking an active role in making our communities a better place to work and live.

LCEC honored at 2023 Industry Appreciation Awards

November 1, 2023 – LCEC received the Large Business of the Year award at the 30th Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon. LCEC was among 20 finalists being recognized for the ways their business shapes the economy, workforce and overall industry in Lee County. Winners were selected by The Horizon Foundation, the Horizon Council, and Lee County Economic Development. Many of the winners in the six categories stood out during challenging times, demonstrating their commitment to customers and the community.

LCEC was recognized for their herculean efforts before, during, and after Hurricane Ian. Following the devastating hurricane, LCEC employees put their personal hardships aside to work around-the-clock for weeks on end to restore power, reenergizing one in four members within just four days. “LCEC is extremely honored and proud to receive this prestigious award. It is a testament to our dedication to our valued members, our community, and our rich cooperative traditions,” said LCEC CEO Denise Vidal. “It is the ultimate display of our LCEC value of working together to make success happen.”

Find out more about LCEC Hurricane Ian response here. LCEC applauds all Industry Appreciation Award winners and finalists.

Be gone energy vampires!

October 26, 2023 – Halloween is a spooktacular time to address the energy vampires (a.k.a. phantom loads) lurking in your home. Energy vampires or phantom loads are terms that describe appliances and electronics that are left plugged-in when not in use. These energy enemies drain electricity 24/7/365. On average, Americans have more than 20 energy vampires sucking up electricity in their home right now. This equates to nearly $100 extra on an average electric bill in just one year! Slaying these energy vampires doesn’t include a wooden stake or garlic. It is as simple as unplugging things such as phone chargers, coffeemakers, and toasters when they are not being used. It is just as important to unplug appliances and electronics while you are away for extended periods of time like vacation as it is to unplug these items on a daily basis before you leave for work or school. An easy option for combatting larger energy vampires such as televisions and computers is to use surge protector power strips which can easily be powered off and on with quick flip. For more tips on conserving electricity, visit

Consider electrical safety this Halloween

October 12,2023 – With trunk or treats, pumpkin carving and other Halloween fun, it can be easy to forget about important things such as electrical safety. As you make your home spooktacular for the festivities to come, keep the following in mind:

Inspect all decorations before use:
Damaged sockets, exposed wires and bad connections can cause electrical shock or even a fire! After inspection, use caution when plugging in decorations. Be careful not to overload outlets. If using incandescent lights, do not connect more than three strands as this could potentially blow a fuse, or worse yet, cause a fire.

Use caution with cords:
Be sure to never pinch cords, hide them under furniture, place them near a heat source or secure them with nails or staples. Any of these can cause electric shock or a fire. Unplug all cords when not in use to stay safe while saving electricity.

Visit for more electrical safety tips. LCEC wishes all members a safe and happy Halloween!

October is National Cooperative Month

October 5, 2023 – October is a special month for cooperatives and their members because it is National Cooperative Month! During this month, cooperatives are recognized and celebrated for the qualities that make their business model unique, trusted and proven. Electric cooperatives share a common set of principles and values which benefit the cooperative and members alike. The Seven Cooperative Principles for electric cooperatives include: Voluntary and Open Membership, Democratic Member Control, Members’ Economic Participation, Autonomy and Independence, Education, Training, and Information, Cooperation among Cooperatives, and Concern for Community.

National Cooperative Month also celebrates the fact that electric cooperatives:

  • Power 56 percent of the nation
  • Serve 42 million people
  • Energize 21.5 million businesses, homes, schools and farms in 48 states

Unlike investor-owned utilities, cooperatives are not-for-profit businesses which are owned by the members they serve. Members vote to elect the board of trustees that represent the communities where they live. Since forming in 1940 with just 15 miles of distribution line and 158 members, LCEC now serves nearly 243,000 members in six counties.

Please join LCEC in celebrating National Cooperative Month! To our incredible members, please know that we are extremely proud and grateful to be YOUR cooperative! Membership matters with LCEC!

LCEC remembers Hurricane Ian

September 27, 2023 – One year ago tomorrow, Hurricane Ian forever changed the history of SWFL. With winds of 155 miles per hour, Ian devastated the entire electric infrastructure leaving all LCEC members without power. What took LCEC 80+ years to build was devastated with a single, catastrophic storm. Homes and businesses were destroyed, roads were flooded and wiped away, and barrier islands were completely cut off from the mainland.

Before the storm, LCEC began executing the Emergency Restoration Plan, shifting into restoration mode more than a week before landfall. Line workers and tree trimming crews were staged throughout the LCEC service territory in preparation. As the storm approached, these crews in addition to 400 LCEC employees lay in wait for what was to come.

In the days following the storm, LCEC led a Herculean effort to mobilize more than 2,500 resources needed to restore power to customers as quickly and safety as possible. Help came from everywhere in the nation and work continued around-the-clock to help bring normalcy back to SWFL.

As work pressed on for weeks, a large number of LCEC employees lived in their offices. They did this not just to fulfill their restoration duties, but because they did not have homes to return to. They put their lives and loses on hold until the lights were on for all LCEC customers. Some employees share their stories about the moments following the storm and their commitment to restoring power in this short video.

LCEC is proud of the resilience, dedication, and selflessness that transpired before, during and after Ian not just by employees and mutual aid resources, but the SWFL community as a whole.

The 2022 LCEC Annual Report fully recaps the LCEC journey through Hurricane Ian with photos, timelines and stories of resilience. Download a copy today at


LCEC announces tournament results to benefit United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades

September 21, 2023 – LCEC held its annual fishing tournament and golf tournament within one week of each other and raised approximately $100,000 for the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades!

The 27th Annual LCEC Fishing Tournament was held on September 9, 2023 at D & D Matlacha Bait & Tackle on Matlacha. This popular community event brought in more than $65,000! The tourney had 180 anglers on 53 boats who took part in winning and bidding on nearly 150 raffle and auction prizes.

Fishing tournament winners included:

  • Grand Slam – Team Big Boys Bait & Tackle
  • Largest Trout – Team Big Boys Bait & Tackle
  • Largest Red Fish – Team Danella Companies
  • Largest Snook – Team Marine Trading Post
  • Mystery Fish – Team Southern Fab

The LCEC Golf Tournament was held on September 16, 2023 at the Plantation Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers. This fun-filled event brought in approximately $35,000! The tourney included 104 golfers which made up 26 teams.

Golf tournament winners included:

  • First place – EPR/GIR
  • Second place – Designated Drivers
  • Third Place – Re/Max
  • Longest Drive – Skyler Cargo
  • Closest Pin – Cameron Nero
  • Best Team Name – Three Men and a Stranger

LCEC is extremely thankful to all tournament participants, sponsors and volunteers! For photos of the 27th Annual LCEC Fishing Tournament, visit For photos of the LCEC United Way Golf Tournament, visit

LCEC is proud to  help the United Way in their mission to serve those who need help the most in our community!


LCEC weathered the storm

August 30, 2023 – As the tropical storm-force weather from Hurricane Idalia dissipates, LCEC utility workers and contractors continue to respond to scattered outages resulting from rain bands and wind gusts. Crews worked throughout the night and into today to restore the minimal outages experienced by LCEC members. The electric system held up extremely well to the heavy wind and rain.

LCEC reminds all residents of SWFL to continue practicing caution while driving, clearing debris and other storm-related activities. Our crews will be made available to other utilities in need as Hurricane Idalia continues its path through Florida.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by this storm, many of which are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Ian in 2023.

Visit for an Outage Map, storm-related news, and tips for staying safe before, during and after a major storm.

LCEC working around-the-clock

August 29, 2023 – As feeder bands from Hurricane Idalia bring tropical force winds to our area, LCEC reminds members that scattered outages may occur. It is essential to remember the following:

  • Stay away from downed power lines! Downed lines could be energized and therefore deadly. If you see a downed line:
    • Call 911.
    • Never try to move a downed line.
    • Never drive over or near a downed power line or anything in contact with them.
  • If you experience a power outage and use a portable generator, practice caution!
    • Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring at the breaker panel or meter or a regular household outlet.
    • Don’t overload the generator.
    • Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage.
    • Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running. Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting down your generator.

LCEC crews remain staged on Sanibel Island, Pine Island, Marco Island and in North Fort Myers. These crews will work around-the-clock to restore any power interruptions.

Utilize the Storm Center at to know where power outages are. If your outage is noted on the map, there is no need to call LCEC because we are on the way!

Stay safe SWFL!

LCEC is storm ready

August 28, 2023 – As all of SWFL keeps a close eye on Tropical Storm Idalia, LCEC encourages members to remain calm. Should scattered outages occur, LCEC has a strong restoration plan in place to reenergize members as quickly and safely as possible. This restoration plan includes maintaining relationships with power line and tree-trimming contractors, fuel companies, material vendors, food service vendors, other cooperatives and local agencies for mutual aid. In addition, each of the more than 400 LCEC employees play a critical role in the restoration plan. Every employee puts their typical job responsibilities on hold to pitch in during restoration. We do not rest until the lights are back on for all members!  

Restoration Priorities
The LCEC restoration plan outlines priorities of electric restoration during large power outages. This plan first calls for restoration of critical circuits that power essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, law enforcement. Next, power is restored to the largest number of customers possible. The last to be restored are individual services in small pockets or services that need to be reconnected after repair to their home electrical system.

Please note that LCEC does not disconnect power before a storm. We let Mother Nature run her course, and begin to restore power to impacted areas once winds are at a safe level to work.

How customers should prepare for outages
-Ensure a back-up telephone other than a cordless or telephone that is dependent on electricity.
-Have a battery-powered radio on hand and a supply of fresh batteries to stay aware of news and other information.
-Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy.

What to do when the lights go out
-Help keep the LCEC telephone lines clear for emergency calls. Only call LCEC at 656-2300 to report downed power lines.
-Visually check the weather-head (on the roof where your service drop connects to the pole) and the meter box to make sure it is not damaged.
-Any damage to the home’s electric system must be repaired by a licensed electrician and inspected by a designated agency before power can be restored.
-Turn off appliances. This will protect them when service is restored, prevent electrical fires and lessen the chances of circuit overload when service is restored. Leave one light on to serve as a visual signal that power has been restored.

Storm Safety Tips
-Stay clear of downed power lines. They may still be energized and dangerous. Puddles of water contacting downed lines are just as dangerous.
-Don’t trim trees or remove debris located near downed power lines. If you must remove debris from your home, don’t pile it under or near electrical lines or equipment.
-Residents on life support must have an alternate plan in place to ensure the continuity of life-support needs. This may include making special arrangements to spend time with a friend or relative during an outage or using a back-up generator.
-If operating a portable generator, keep it outside and in an open area. Carbon monoxide emissions can be harmful. Follow all instructions regarding safe operation. Do not connect the generator directly to the main electrical panel. If installed incorrectly, power could flow into outside lines and cause injury to the owner, neighbors or utility crews working in the area.
-Please do not detain LCEC employees or contractors while they are working to restore power. This can be distracting, can cause an accident and impedes the process.

LCEC urges all residents of SWFL to take this time to prepare your family and home for Tropical Storm Idalia. Download the LCEC Hurricane Guide at to aid in preparation. LCEC thanks members in advance for their patience and confidence in us!


LCEC is prepared for Tropical Storm Idalia

August 28, 2023 – LCEC is fully prepared for Tropical Storm Idalia. LCEC employees will be monitoring the storm and the electric system 24/7 throughout the storm. Crews have been staged on Sanibel, Pine Island, Marco Island and in North Fort Myers in preparation for Idalia. LCEC has the following resources ready to jump into action:

  • 210 line personnel and 60 tree trimmer personnel in place in preparation for Tropical Storm Idalia.
  • 225 line personnel and 10 tree trimmer personnel on the LCEC system by close-of-business today if projections for Tropical Storm Idalia begin to show a direct impact to SWFL  and intensification models increase to hurricane strength.
  • 750 line personnel and 120 tree trimmer personnel on stand-by for Wednesday or after the storm passes.
  • LCEC has been in contact with the Florida Electric Cooperative Association, Duke Energy, and FPL in case they need restoration assistance. Once LCEC customers are restored we will join in mutual aid, and vice versa.

LCEC does anticipate scattered outages as a result of Tropical Storm Idalia, but is cautiously optimistic that any impact will be minimal.

LCEC storm prep information tent, Sunday at Lowes

August 26, 2023 –  LCEC is partnering with Lowes to provide storm preparation information and free LCEC Hurricane Guides at the Lowes, 1651 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral on Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Employees will discuss information about generator safety, home and business storm prep, and how power is restored! Lowes is a good place to find storm prep supplies and take advantage of the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

$25 Lowes gift cards will be presented to the first 40 people who stop by the tent.

LCEC Public Relations Team Wins at FPRA Golden Image Awards

August 24, 2023 – The LCEC Public Relations team took home two awards at the 2023 Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) 66th Annual Golden Image Awards gala held on August 8, 2023 at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. The team took home an Award of Distinction for the “LCEC Response to Hurricane Ian” and an Award of Distinction for the “LCEC Intranet Design.”

The Golden Image Awards competition is conducted annually by FPRA to recognize outstanding public relations programs in Florida and to encourage and promote the development of public relations in our state. The Golden Image Awards have become a standard of excellence in the state of Florida. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning, and design.

An Award of Distinction is presented to entries that meet the standards of excellence set by a panel of judges.

LCEC partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL for food distribution event

August 17, 2023 – LCEC has partnered with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL to host a drive-thru food distribution event on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2514 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, FL 333971. This drive-thru pre-packaged food distribution will benefit 700 families in the Lehigh Acres Community. In addition to food, there will be baby products for up to 250 families. These food distribution events are one of the many ways LCEC positively impacts the community.

Calling all anglers to 27th Annual LCEC Fishing Tournament to benefit United Way

August 15, 2023 – Angler registration is now open for the 27th Annual LCEC Fishing Tournament to benefit the United Way. The catch and release tournament will take place on September 9, 2023 at D&D Bait and Tackle on Matlacha. Fish will be measured and photos submitted using the FishDonkey app. An awards event will happen at 3 p.m. and include food, raffle drawings and a silent auction. Information on the Captain’s Meeting, tournament rules and more can be found at Contact or 239-656-2204 with questions. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades.

High temperatures also mean high energy usage – grid technology helps protect the system. Customers can help too.

August 10, 2023, North Fort Myers, FL – Higher than usual temperatures create a high demand on the electric grid. Although LCEC facilities are designed to withstand typical demands, customers are asked to conserve electricity to ensure reliability of the electric system.

LCEC set an all-time summer energy usage peak on August 8 of 1020.37 MW. The previous peak was set the day before with 989.89 MW. Previous to this summer’s record usage, the peak was on August 21, 2022 with 969.92 MW.

When loads are high, protective devices may automatically operate on the grid causing customers to experience a momentary blink, or series of blinks, in their electricity. This technology is part of proactive system protection to avoid longer outages. While LCEC understands power blinks can be annoying and frustrating, they are part of a protection plan to prevent more severe power interruptions or damage to the electric grid. This weather is not easy on customers and air conditioners are working overtime resulting in more energy usage and higher electric bills. Customers are urged to conserve energy and utilize the LCEC SmartHub tool to help manage usage.

Here are a few simple ways customers can help:

  • Set the dishwasher to operate in the middle of the night while everyone is sleeping.
  • Reduce use of the pool pump or set the timer to complete its cycle by 5 p.m.
  • Wash clothes after 7 p.m.
  • Set a timer on the water heater so it only heats water when it is needed.
  • Set AC thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Keep window coverings closed during the day to keep the home/business cooler.
  • Grill or use the microwave instead of the oven.
  • Use natural lighting as much as possible.
  • Don’t keep electric devices on if not in the room (fans, TV, radio).

LCEC Appoints Two Directors to Leadership Team

August 9, 2023LCEC is pleased to announce that Amanda Smelker and Allan Ruth have been named as Directors on the LCEC leadership team.

Amanda Smelker accepted the position of Director of Administrative Services. Amanda has been with LCEC for 15 years with increasing roles and responsibilities throughout her tenure including, Sr. IT Business Analyst, Sr. Project Manager, Supervisor of Business Analysts/Process Practitioner, Head of Project Management Office, System Transformation Program Manager, and Manager of Business Alignment & Governance before stepping into the role of Interim Director Administrative Services. Amanda has both a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from FGCU. Additionally, Amanda is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Change Management Practitioner through Prosci, a Certified Manager of Quality and Excellence through ASQ, and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Allan Ruth accepted the position of Director of the newly formed division of Business Continuity. Allan brings 38 years of LCEC experience to this role, the majority of which has been in progressively responsible leadership positions including Manager of Operations Business Support, Manager of Construction & Maintenance, Senior Supervisor of Contract Management, Supervisor of Contract Construction, Supervisor of Vegetation Management, Supervisor of Maintenance & Construction, and will bring a variety of perspectives to the role. Allan began his career with LCEC in the warehouse as a Storekeeper, then completed the Apprentice Program to become a journeyman lineman, prior to taking on leadership roles. Most recently, Allan has laid the groundwork for a formal LCEC Business Continuity Program through his accomplishments as Incident Commander for the LCEC Hurricane Ian Emergency Restoration effort. Allan has established relationships and represented LCEC at the FL Senate and House of Representatives, the FL Department of Emergency Management (FDEM), the FL Public Service Commission (FPSC), the FL Electric Cooperatives Association (FECA), and various local municipalities/counties/civic associations to name a few.

LCEC is extremely proud of Smelker and Ruth whose expertise and leadership will help LCEC continue to successfully deliver the power that energizes our community!

Today, LCEC Power Cost Adjustment DECREASES for second time in three months

August 1, 2023 – A Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) decrease of approximately 3 % (average bill of 1,000 kWh) will be implemented for LCEC customers on August 1. This is the second PCA adjustment for LCEC members in just three months. PCA charges are determined to adjust for or anticipate costs for purchased power. The decrease is the result of cost recovery forecasts and budget projections related to purchased power costs passed on from the LCEC power supplier.

In June, LCEC reduced the PCA by 9.4 % bringing the total DECREASE so far this year to 12.4 % per 1,000 kWh.

Power cost adjustments fluctuate and increase or decrease as the cost to generate power rises and falls. Since 2014, there have been seven PCA decreases. There are no margins (profit) earned on the power cost portion of the customer bill. It is solely a pass-through to the power supplier.

Power cost adjustments happen regularly throughout the energy industry. Power suppliers make adjustments based on variable fuel costs related to power production and the costs, or savings, are passed on to customers.

Residential Customer Bill per 1,000 kWh:

Base Rate                            $99.20

PCA Rate                             $36.80

TOTAL                                 $136.00

Storm season reminders from LCEC

July 27, 2023 – With storm season in full swing, it is essential for LCEC customers to remember the following:

LCEC does not disconnect power before a storm

After Mother Nature runs her course, LCEC begins to restore power to impacted areas once winds are at a safe level to work.

LCEC has resources in place for any storm

Before a storm makes impact, LCEC recruits additional resources, suppliers, and logistic support so that as soon as it is safe, restoration work can begin.

LCEC knows your power is out

There is no need to call if your power is out. LCEC crews will continue to restore power until the winds are too strong to work safely. At that point, workers ride out the storm until they are able to assess the damage and begin to make repairs.

Visit the Storm Center at for more storm season tips and tools.

Electric Toasters Toastmasters Club 5701 Inducts New Officers

July 13, 2023 – The LCEC sponsored Electric Toasters Toastmasters Club 5701 inducted new officers on July 12, 2023. The installation of officers was conducted by LCEC CEO and Electric Toasters Member Denise Vidal. The Electric Toasters was chartered in October 1994 and has members with more than 20 years of involvement.

The 2023/2024 Electric Toasters Toastmasters Club 5701 officers include:

President – Kennedy Van Dyke

VP of Education – Nicky Sierra

VP of Membership – Michael Torres

VP of Public Relations – Madison Obrochta

Secretary – Norma Rodriguez

Treasurer – Jenell Dolan

Sergeant-At-Arms – Shannon Williamson

Toastmasters International was incorporated under California law in December 1932 and is an educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Membership in the Electric Toasters Toastmasters Club 5701 (District 48) is open to anyone interested in honing their communication skills. The Electric Toasters meet every first Wednesday of the month. Join today at For more club information, visit

LCEC Media Specialist Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

July 6, 2023 – LCEC is proud to announce that Media Specialist Shannon Williamson has earned the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). To earn the public relations accreditation, candidates must pass an oral presentation and rigorous written examination administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB). This prestigious accreditation is held by just over 4,300 public relations professionals worldwide, including 38 in southwest Florida. LCEC is proud to now have three APRs on their public relations team!

In addition to her role as a media specialist for LCEC, Williamson is a board member for the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Southwest Florida Chapter where she has served two consecutive years as chapter secretary. Williamson also took on the leadership role as event chair for the FPRA Image Awards ceremony where she was honored with the 2023 Rising Star Award. Williamson is currently nominated at the FPRA state level for the Joe Curley APR, CPRC Rising Leader Award.

How power is restored by LCEC following a major storm

June 27, 2023 – Safety is the number one priority for LCEC following a major storm. As line workers begin the labor-intensive work that is restoration, it is essential for customers to keep safety in mind for their own well-being and the safety of those working to get the lights back on.   

  • Stay clear of downed power lines, as they may be energized.
  • Puddles of water contacting downed lines are dangerous.
  • Keep LCEC phone lines clear for emergency calls by only calling to report safety threats.

In a restoration event, LCEC works through four steps:

  1. Damage assessment – Includes physical inspection of our facilities. Once damage assessments have been made, LCEC begins repairs.
  2. Critical repairs – LCEC repairs main circuits and restores critical facilities such as hospitals, police, and fire stations.
  3. Quickly and safely – Repair lines that get the greatest number of customers on as soon as possible.
  4. Remaining outages – Restore power to those small pockets or individuals still without power.

For more information on the steps taken by LCEC before, during, and after a major storm and other tips for staying safe during storm season, visit the Storm Center on

Generator Safety for Storm Season

June 15, 2023 – Storm season is officially here. As you prep your storm kit, be sure to consider the following if you plan to use a generator in the event of a power outage. These tips will keep you, your loved ones, and utility workers safe:

  • Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring at the breaker panel or meter or a regular household outlet. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring can ‘back feed’ onto the power lines connected to your home. You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment and your generator.
  • The only safe way to connect a portable electric generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch. The transfer switch transfers power from the utility power lines to the power coming from your generator.
  • Connect individual appliances that have their outdoor-rated power cords directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect these cord-connected appliances to the generator with the appropriate outdoor-rated power cord having a sufficient wire gauge to handle the electrical load.
  • Don’t overload the generator. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics. Prioritize your needs. A portable electric generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.
  • Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Just like your automobile, a portable generator uses an internal combustion engine that emits deadly carbon monoxide. Be sure to place the generator where exhaust fumes will not enter the house, in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain, preferably under a canopy, open shed or carport.
  • Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running. Gasoline (and other flammable liquids) should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. They should not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is in the garage. The vapor from gasoline can travel invisibly along the ground and be ignited by pilot lights or electric arcs caused by turning on the lights. Avoid spilling fuel on hot components. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located near the generator.
  • Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting down your generator.

Download the LCEC Hurricane Guide and find other useful links on the Storm Center at

LCEC June Power Cost Adjustment decrease

May 31, 2023 – A Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) decrease of approximately 9.8 percent (average bill of 1,000 kWh) will be implemented for LCEC customers on June 1. The decrease is the result of cost recovery forecasts and budget projections related to purchased power costs passed on from the LCEC power supplier, Florida Power and Light (FPL). Power cost adjustments fluctuate and increase or decrease as the cost to generate power rises and falls.

PCA charges are determined to adjust for or anticipate costs for purchased power. Since 2014, there have been five PCA decreases. There are no margins (profit) earned on the power cost portion of the customer bill, it is simply a pass-through to FPL.

Power cost adjustments are not unique to LCEC. Energy suppliers have adjustments based on variable fuel costs related to power production.

Residential Customer Bill per 1,000 kWh

Customer Charge:  $18

kWh Cost:  $81.20

Power Cost Adjustment:  $41.00

Total:  $140.20 (decrease of 14.50)

In order to assist customers having a hardship with their electric bills, LCEC partners with United Way to offer energy assistance through the Power to Share Program. The program is funded by LCEC employees and customers to help qualified customers in need of electric bill payment assistance. Those able to round up their monthly bill to the nearest dollar can contribute to the fund by visiting

May is National Electrical Safety Month

May 23, 2023 – We are nearing the end of National Electrical Safety Month. Each May, LCEC joins the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to help raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.

Statistics show that electricity is a significant cause of injury and death among workers in the United States with more than 400 electrocutions and over 4,000 non-fatal injuries each year. Awareness and education are critical to reduce the incidence of electrical fires. ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month annually in May to educate the public in order to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.

For more tips on electrical safety, visit or contact LCEC at 239-656-2300. For more information on National Electrical Safety Month, visit

LCEC to participate in Inaugural Cape Coral Hurricane Preparedness Expo

May 17, 2023 – LCEC will participate in the Inaugural Cape Coral Hurricane Preparedness Expo on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mercola Market, 125 SW 3rd Place, Cape Coral, FL 33991. This free event is open to all Cape Coral residents and will include city officials, local organizations and businesses providing giveaways and storm tips for before, during and after a major storm.

Visit to download the LCEC Hurricane Guide and begin your storm preparation today!

LCEC Celebrates Membership With Touchstone Energy Cooperative

May 8, 2023 – LCEC is dedicated to providing reliable, cost-competitive electricity with an exceptional member engagement experience. To enhance that experience, LCEC is partnering with Touchstone Energy Cooperative! Touchstone is a national network of electric cooperatives that provides research, targeted programs, communication resources, and employee development. Touchstone has served the cooperative community for more than 25 years, supporting nearly 700 electric cooperatives across 45 states. The focus is on delivering a national brand dedicated to educating its members and employees on the cooperative difference, which puts LCEC members first.

LCEC PR Director and Media Specialist Honored at Image Awards

May 4, 2023 – LCEC is proud to announce that Public Relations Director Karen Ryan, APR, CPRC and Media Specialist Shannon Williamson were honored at the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) 2023 Local Image Awards on Thursday, April 27 at Suite Forty Eight in Fort Myers.

Karen Ryan, APR, CPRC was honored with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award which is reserved for public relations professionals who have dedicated their career to the profession and the advancement of it. This award is given only when there is someone eligible for it.

Shannon Williamson received the 2022 Rising Star Award which is presented to an up-and-coming leader in the chapter who shows enthusiasm and passion for the PR profession while making a positive difference through their service to the organization.

LCEC congratulates Ryan and Williamson on these prestigious honors! 

A bad refrigerator seal could increase your electric bill

April 26, 2023 – A refrigerator seal (or gasket) has to be in pristine shape to ensure that your cold items stay cold and electricity isn’t wasted. There are several signs which indicate a faulty or bad seal including a warm interior, condensation, and constant running of the fridge.

If you are worried your seal has gone bad, try one or all of these three tests:

  1. Carefully inspect all around your refrigerator seal. Crumbs and other types of dirt could prevent an airtight seal.
  2. Place a dollar bill where the seal is and shut the refrigerator door. As you slowly pull out the bill, observe if there is any tension or not. It is best to repeat this test around the whole seal to see where the potential weak or broken points exist.
  3. Carefully inspect the seal with your fingers to feel for cracks and ruptures.

If you have a bad refrigerator seal, it must be replaced to ensure the safety of your cold items and to prevent wasted electricity. As cold air leaks from a faulty seal, the refrigerator compressor has to work harder which can shorten the lifespan of your fridge and increase your energy consumption.

Visit for more ways to save on your electric bill!

LCEC Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

April 18, 2023 – Today, April 18, is National Lineman Appreciation Day! On this special day, LCEC honors not just our dedicated linemen, but line heroes around the world, for the essential work they do. These dedicated, highly skilled workers put their lives on the line 24/7/365 to keep the lights on. They work in treacherous conditions faced with challenging elements and situations. Following Hurricane Ian in late 2022, LCEC crews teamed with linemen from throughout the country to work around-the-clock to essentially rebuild all of the LCEC infrastructure and restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

In 2015, LCEC lineman Les Walton made history when he was inducted into the International Lineman Museum Hall of Fame. Walton passed away in 2020, but his memory will forever live at LCEC and in this museum!

On National Lineman Appreciation Day and every day, please take time to #thankalineman with a wave, honk or kind word which will make their day!

LCEC extends sincere appreciation, thanks and admiration to all the brave lineworkers across the nation! Every lineworker is a hero!

Electrical safety for your furry family members

April 12, 2023 – Pets are naturally curious and playful. Not only can a four-legged family member get hurt while being frisky around electricity, but a pet could even cause an electrical fire or other dangers. Remember the following to protect your furry friend:

  • Protect pets from electrical cords by covering with a heavy plastic sleeve or applying a bitter-tasting product to deter pets from chewing. Chewing on cords can cause deadly shock!
  • Never leave charging cords plugged in when not in use and in view. Serious burns or shock can happen if pets put these cords in their mouths.
  • Ensure that night lights and appliances are fully plugged into wall outlets with no exposed prongs which could attract tiny paws or tongues.
  • Ensure that you have no dangling cords from conveniences such as lamps and appliances. These cords could easily get pulled down and potentially start a fire.
  • Never allow pets to nap or play behind and/or near computer equipment, dryers or other large appliances to avoid electrical risks.

If you suspect that your furry friend has contacted electricity and has signs of burns, increased drooling, coughing, difficulty breathing or signs of suffering, contact your vet immediately. Visit for more tips on staying safe around electricity.

Electric habits to keep you out of hot water

April 6, 2023 – Adopting simple electric habits can keep you from getting burned with a higher electric bill. Consider the following when it comes to hot water usage: 


  • Opt for showers over baths. A low-flow showerhead uses approximately 20 gallons of water during a ten-minute shower while it takes an average of 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub.
  • Turn off the shower while you soap your body and shave.

Laundry room:

  • Use cold or warm water instead of hot when washing your clothes. According to the Department of Energy, using warm water in place of hot can cut your energy usage in half.


  • Never rinse your dishes before loading them into your dishwasher. Pre-rinsing means you are using twice the hot water.
  • Always fill your dishwasher fully before running a load.
  • Keep your faucet lever in the cold setting to avoid having your water heater kick on just to rinse fruits and vegetables.

Visit for more ways to conserve electricity and save on your electric bill.

Three local organizations receive LCEC Environmental Funding Awards

March 30, 2023 – LCEC announced that Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Friends of the Cape Coral Environment, Inc., and Cape Coral Wildlife Trust received environmental funding awards. These organizations will use the funds to make a positive impact on our environment. This funding program was developed in 2013 as a means of supporting the amazing projects being done locally to protect our precious habitat. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $250,000 in local funding awards. To find out more about award deadlines and application criteria, visit the Environment page of

18 LCEC Employees Participate on United Way Fund Distribution Teams

March 23, 2023 – LCEC is proud to be a top fundraiser for the United Way of Lee, Hendy, and Glades Counties. Through fundraising events and employee, board and corporate contributions, LCEC commits every year to helping the United Way reach its annual goal. Our support of the United Way doesn’t stop with fundraising efforts. Each year, LCEC employees volunteer to participate on United Way Distribution Teams. Fund distribution (allocations) is the process that United Way uses to decide where to invest donations. The United Way recruits hundreds of volunteers from the community to represent the thousands of donors who contribute to the campaign to participate in allocations process. This year, there are 28 fund distribution teams on which 18 LCEC employees are serving on. “Serving on a fund distribution team is an absolute honor, and has given me the opportunity to learn so much about the amazing agencies which the United Way serves. Participating in this process gives you an in-depth understanding and true appreciation of how every single penny donated to our United Way goes directly to serving so many essential needs in our community,” said Senior Public Relations Specialist Laura Puerto. To find out more about how you can participate in the fund distribution process, visit or contact

LCEC, Harry Chapin Food Bank and Guadalupe Center partner to host food distribution event

March 13, 2023 – LCEC, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Guadalupe Center have partnered to host a drive-thru food distribution event this Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the new Van Otterloo Family Campus at the Guadalupe Center, 3655 Westclox Street, Immokalee, FL 34142. This drive-thru pre-box food distribution will benefit 400 households in the Immokalee community. This is the third food distribution event that LCEC has cohost since Hurricane Ian decimated SWFL in late 2022. These food distribution events are just one way LCEC delivers on its core value of energizing the community by taking an active role in making our communities a better place to work and live.

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