Our Commitment to the Community

At Bandera Electric, we have a strong commitment and concern for our community. We live and work here … your community is our community and we are committed to making it a better place. At BEC, community involvement goes further than being a good corporate citizen. It means looking beyond our business to support other local businesses and communities. You are likely to see one or more of us in your child’s school teaching electrical safety, supporting community events or at your Chamber of Commerce meeting.

We take great pride in working for Bandera Electric Cooperative and serving you, our member-owners. We are faces you’ve known and partners you’ve trusted for over 76 years.

Operation Round Up

One of the cooperative principles emphasizes our commitment to the communities we serve. Bandera Electric Charitable Foundation is proud to announce Operation Round Up, a program that encourages BEC members to support their communities and neighbors through donations on their monthly electric bill. Simply fill out the form below, stop by or call to participate in the program. You will have the option to round your electrical bill up to the nearest whole dollar per meter or donate a set amount. For example, if your monthly electric bill is $52.73 Bandera Electric will automatically round up to $53, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round Up fund.

Click +Read More below to donate or for a grant application.

When you opt-in to Operation Round Up, you are choosing to help local families and nonprofits. Your donation will support:

  • Community service projects
  • Education and youth programs
  • Environment
  • Disaster relief
  • Health initiatives

Your donations will be used in the Bandera Electric Cooperative service area to help our members, your neighbors.

Fill out the form below, call or stop by the office to opt-in and donate.

To apply for an Operation Round Up grant, please fill out and submit one of the applications below.  

Individual/Family Application
Organization Application


Applications are considered quarterly by the ORU board.  Applications are due:

March 15
June 15
September 15
December 15

Banner Hanging Request

Did you know that BEC will hang banners advertising nonprofit events in the Bandera and Leakey areas? That's just one of the community services we offer to our members.  Please fill out the form below to request your banner to be hung. Banner reservations are NOT guaranteed and may change.

The following guidelines apply to members or organizations wishing to hang a banner.  

  1. Must be for an event that fits our community donation guidelines and supports a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
  2. May be hung for one or two weeks at the Bandera location, or up to three weeks in the Utopia or Leakey locations.
  3. Reservations must be made 30-60 days prior to the requested hanging date. Reservations made outside of that window will not be accepted.
  4. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis.
  5. Must have single, intact lengths of rope at the top and bottom of the banner. Banners with ropes tied together will not be hung until broken ropes are replaced. Banners require 80 feet of new rope (preferrably nylon).
  6. Must be intact. Tattered or torn banners will not be accepted.
  7. Are typically hung/removed on Monday's as allowed by BEC crew schedules.
  8. Electrical outages and maintenance supersede banner requests and may delay the banner hanging. Reservations are NOT guaranteed and may change or be altered to accomodate service crew schedules or other conflicts.
  9. Must be dropped off by the Thursday prior to the scheduled hanging date. If the ropes are not intact, you may lose your reservation.
  10. Must be picked up WITHIN TWO WEEKS or it may be disposed of.  BEC is not responsible for lost or damaged banners, and will not store banners for organizations.
  11. MUST be labeled. Label must be visible when banner is rolled up and state the following information: Organization Name and Event Name.
  12. May be hung only in Bandera, Utopia, or Leakey.

I would like to make a reservation to hang a banner!

Please choose a Monday that you would like to have your banner hung. The requested date can be as early as 60 days prior to the event, but no later than 30 days prior. Reservations are first come, first served.
to the above banner hanging guidelines and requirements.
BEC is not responsible for lost or damaged banners

Community BBQ Pit

Bandera Electric has a BBQ pit that can be used for nonprofit community groups in our service area.

  • A $300 deposit will be collected to secure the reservation.
  • Must be for a nonprofit cause or community group.
  • Drop off and pick up times for the BBQ pit will be between BEC's normal hours of operation, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Weight of BBQ Pit and trailer: 4,290 lbs. Length: 25 feet.
Click +Read More below to fill out the application.

For more information, usage requirements and availability of the BBQ pit, please submit your information below.

*Non Profit Group:


Community Room

A complimentary, large, multi-use community room located at Bandera Electrics main office building is available for nonprofit community use. Occupancy of the facility is limited to 125 people. The community room is available on weekends and holidays. Audio visual accommodations are available.

Click +Read More below to fill out the application.

To schedule a meeting space, please submit your information below.

*Non Profit: