Giving Back

Committed to the Communities we serve

We firmly believe in the importance of giving back to our local communities, where we as a cooperative live and work.
We have a strong commitment to the agricultural industry and strive to give back and educate our future leaders.

Fueling the Cure

Fueling the Cure was established in September 2009 as a joint effort between four cooperatives: Sunrise Cooperative, Heritage Cooperative, Centerra Co-op and Premier Energy. Fueling the Cure was created with the hope of finding a common goal for agricultural cooperatives to work “cooperatively” together on, ultimately bettering their communities through the support of cancer research.

Through Fueling the Cure the cooperatives each donate $2 per delivery stop of propane to fund cancer research at the James Cancer Hospital. Together we have raised over one million dollars and are still going strong.  

Riders Unlimited, Inc.

Sunrise Cooperative, along with added support from CHS, Inc., Land O’Lakes and CoBank annually give back to Riders Unlimited, Inc. Riders Unlimited offers horsemanship opportunities to individuals with and without physical, mental, emotional and psychological disabilities.

Riders Unlimited is located on just over nine acres in Oak Harbor, Ohio and is one of the oldest 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic riding facilities in Northwest Ohio. The facility includes five staff members and relies immensely on volunteers, both with assisting with riders and with the horses.



Participation in FFA provides students the building blocks for a strong future. Supporting the Ohio FFA Foundation allows Sunrise Cooperative to be actively invested in our future leaders, and together, we are growing success.

Sunrise supports the annual Ohio FFA Convention with a booth, by providing judges for the proficiency interviews, and sponsorship of the annual awards luncheon on the opening day of the convention. 



Each year Sunrise supports county fairs across our trade territory by contributing towards the county fair livestock sales and supporting trophy donations and informational presentations. In 2021, our cooperative footprint stretched through 41 fairs, donating just under $250,000 through livestock sales. 

We consider it a privilege to give back to our local youth and encourage them to pursue a future in agriculture. 



Sunrise also offers 50 scholarships, of $1,000 each, to children and grandchildren of active common stockholders (40) and full-time employees (10).

Degrees are not limited to agriculture and previous winners may apply each year they are eligible. Scholarships are open to students enrolled/enrolling in a two or four year accredited college program. The selection process occurs in March and winners are announced by the end of April.