Community Involvement

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.

Cowboy Capital Stampede

Get ready to stampede! Not only is the Cowboy Capital Stampede fun for runners of all skill levels, but the proceeds benefit local charities in our service area. Last year, BEC raised more than $6,000.

Bandera Electric Cooperative will host the 2017 5K/10K Cowboy Capital Stampede on October 28 at the Bandera City Park. 

This year, we invite all 501c(3) nonprofits in our service area to complete an application to be chosen as a benefactor of the race.  The 2017 application will be uploaded soon.  Deadline for applications is September 1.

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

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.

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


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.

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