Two members of Delaware Electric Cooperative were recently honored as winners of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives 2017 #WhoPowersYou Contest.

Mary Rio was honored as a third-place winner for her work with Clothing Our Kids, and Chase Marvil was named honorable mention for his work with The Inspiring Project.

The winners received a donation from Touchstone Energy, which was matched by Delaware Electric Cooperative.

After learning about a young elementary student who only had one set of clothing, Rio was driven to improve the lives of children in Sussex County. In 2012, Rio founded COK and operated the newly founded organization out of her home. Through her efforts, COK became a 501(c)(3) charity with more than 150 volunteers and a permanent volunteer center.

Marvil has helped nearly 100,000 people from at least eight different countries through The Inspiring Project. Marvil helped through annual Impact Nights, where teens and children are invited to free their minds and see that there are people who care about them. Marvil has been named the National Teenager of the Year for 2016, an MTV trailblazer and has won awards including the Governor's Volunteer Service Award for 2017.

Winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges, and criteria was based on their positive impact on the community.

For more about the winners’ efforts in the community, visit