Member Engagement

Co-op Connections

JOEMC is proud to be an integral part of the communities we serve. That’s why we participate in the Co-op Connections Program, a program that helps you receive discounts on products and services from participating local and national businesses. Find both in one convenient location through the national Co-op Connections Card website.

Please note: You will need to establish a FREE account when you visit the Coop Connections website for the first time to access all of the links below and associated benefits. After establishing the account, you can scroll to the very bottom of the page and print your own Co-op Connections Card.

The website allows you to download and print coupons, see how much you have saved through the program and more. Also, be sure and check out the new deals from featured partners such as, Uber and more. We are excited to go the extra mile for our members and help you save money, every day.

You can use your card at 60,000+ pharmacies nationwide to get discounts on your prescription medicine. We have also set up money savings discounts at over 100 local businesses throughout the area. From automotive to dining, clothes to home improvement – there are so many ways to save!

Finding participating Co-op Connections vendors and getting your discount is easy…simply look for the Co-op Connections stickers in windows at local businesses, show your Co-op Connections card, and get valuable discounts.

The Co-op Connections Program benefits members by offering valuable discounts from participating businesses…it benefits those participating businesses by providing FREE marketing and advertising and increasing customer traffic to your location.

All JOEMC members receive a Co-op Connections card and key fob FREE and local participating businesses are listed on the cooperative website (along with the discount they are offering JOEMC members), published annually in our monthly publication, radio and print ads, and featured on display boards at our offices.

Vendor Resources and Contract

Download/View the Co-op Connections Business Flyer

Download/View the Co-op Connections Contract

Questions?  Contact Krystal Phillips, Communications and Community Relations Director

(910) 353-1940

Try out our free mobile app and you’ll have GPS, “call the store” ability, and a digital card at your fingertips. Search “Co-op Connections” in Apple’s App Store or on Google Play, and download it today.

No Barriers

Annually, Jones-Onslow provides an opportunity for veterans with disabilities to challenge themselves, overcome barriers and learn that “what’s within them is stronger that what’s in the way.”

JOEMC, in conjunction with one of its financial partners, looks for a disabled veteran from its service area to nominate for the No Barriers Warrior Expedition Program. The program, sponsored by Co-Bank, provides expeditions that mentally and physically challenge veterans on outdoor expeditions through mountaineering, rafting and rock climbing. Co-Bank covers the full cost for participants including meals, gear and travel expenses. Veterans must have VA disability ratings to qualify.

JOEMC seeks a disabled veteran to nominate for one of four, five-day No Barriers expeditions. These expeditions offer veterans an opportunity to challenge limitations (both real and perceived) and to create a network of support that can last a lifetime. For consideration, individual’s nominating a veteran, even if self-nominated, should submit a letter summarizing the veteran’s military background, their VA disability rating, length of military service and why they think attending a No Barriers expedition would be of benefit. Letters may be emailed to Krystal Phillips at or mailed to Jones-Onslow EMC, attn: Krystal Phillips, 259 Western Blvd., Jacksonville, NC 28546.

Once we receive your request we will be in contact to give you further instructions on the application process. The nomination deadline is April 1.

For more information about the program visit

Kenan Fellows

Kari Cobb, a career technology and STEM teacher at Northside High School, was named a 2018-19 Kenan Fellow. Her fellowship was made possible through a partnership between Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University.

Cobb, who has been teaching for nine years, was among the 25 teachers from across North Carolina selected to participate in the 2018-19 fellowship year. Beginning in June, she worked alongside mentors and industry experts at Jones-Onslow EMC learning how power was generated and delivered; and exploring the history of the electric cooperative model and how Jones-Onslow was innovating its services and enhancing systems to continue to meet, and exceed, the expectations of its members.

“Jones-Onslow is committed to the communities we serve and we were excited to add the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership to that community support,” said CEO Jeff Clark. “Through the program Kari gained valuable knowledge about JOEMC and the electric utility industry while getting hands-on experiences that she can now take back to the classroom and share with her students.”

Cobb will transfer this knowledge to her students by creating lessons that will help them understand how electricity is produced and delivered to cooperative members. Her lessons will also increase their awareness of various career pathways in the energy field and at the cooperative.

“Thanks to the support of industry leaders such as Jones-Onslow EMC and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, we are able to empower more teachers to ignite students’ passion for STEM in more locations across the state,” said Dr. Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program. “Their support also allows us to provide educators with knowledge of local career opportunities available to students, and strengthens collaboration with industry. This is especially important in rural communities.”

As part of the award, Kenan Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend and participate in 80 hours of professional development focused on project-based learning, digital learning and leadership development. Educators who complete the year-long program remain in the classroom while growing professionally as part of a statewide network of teacher leaders. Today, an elite network of more than 420 Kenan Fellows are working to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in North Carolina and beyond.

The Kenan Fellows Program, based at N.C. State University, bridges STEM at work with STEM at school. Kenan fellows connect with mentors in industry and business settings, building meaningful relationships and creating experiences that will inspire new tactics to help students understand how STEM concepts apply in the real world.