The Pay It Forward program, begun in 2015, was born out of a desire to continue the good work of the 75 Acts of Kindness community initiative.

Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.

This initiative is budget-neutral; the funds will come from Laurens Electric’s charity events, which employee volunteers make possible.

Employees and the community will enable individual employees to help individuals in the community, and that’s a win-win situation.

Pay It Forward – September 2018 – Keith Burbage

September’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Field Technician Keith Burbage, paid forward $500 to Laurens County Cancer Association’s annual 5k Walk/Run on September 22nd. The event, “Run like a Mann,” is held in memory of Laurens resident Tim Mann. “Tim and his wife Debra have been friends of ours for many years,”…


Pay It Forward – August 2018 – Stacy Tumblin

August’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Customer Service Supervisor Stacy Tumblin, paid forward $250 each to local causes that support veterans. Service Dogs for Veterans (SD4V) complements the traditional treatment for Veterans with PTSD, TBI, and MST, by training them and a dog to become highly effective service dog teams. According to…


Pay It Forward – July 2018 – Melissa Bryan

July’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Budget Analyst Melissa Bryan, paid forward $500 to the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Melissa, herself a survivor, said “the organization provides support to patients as they are dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty of an ovarian cancer diagnoses.  On my first day in the chemo…


Pay It Forward – June 2018 – Greg Davis

June’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Lineman Greg Davis, paid forward $500 toward a 529 College Savings Plan for a child who lost his father earlier in June. Chad Tolbert passed away on June 2nd, 2018, leaving behind his eight year old son Landen. In Chad’s honor, his friends and family started the college…


Pay It Forward – May 2018 – Dan McKinney

May’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Locator Dan McKinney, paid forward $500 to the family of Joy Albright, a single mother who was killed in a car accident May 5. Dan said “Joy leaves behind three children, ages 3, 5, and 7 years. She was on her way to work when tragedy…


Pay It Forward – April 2018 – Paula Lyles

   April’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Customer Service Representative Paula Lyles, paid forward $3,000 to Straight Street in Laurens. The youth center, located downtown at 220 West Main Street, provides an avenue of spiritual and social growth off the public street where youth, ages thirteen through nineteen, can meet with their friends in…


Pay It Forward – March 2018 – Brian McCall

March’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Field Services Dispatcher Brian McCall, paid forward $500 to a The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, the only national volunteer health agency in the United States dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis. “This cause is important to me because my mother in law fought…


Pay It Forward – February 2018 – David Estes

February’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Lineman David Estes, paid forward $500 to a fellow lineman who, along with his wife, have suffered medical problems that rendered both unable to work. “When he (co-worker) first came here to Laurens Electric, we didn’t know each other” said David, “but I felt an instant…


Pay It Forward – January 2018 – Kim Vaughn

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s first 2018 recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, System Information Technician Kim Vaughn, paid forward $500 to One Warm Coat program. Whitney Ferguson, President and CEO of the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce said, “Each year the Chamber supports One Warm Coat and is the official drop off location.  The…


Pay It Forward – December 2017 – Jeff Satterfield

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s December recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Staking Technician Jeff Satterfield, paid forward $500 to GHS Children’s Hospital. Jeff’s granddaughter Aubree, age 6, was exposed to a staph infection earlier in 2017 and received “first class care and concern from the nurses, doctors, and staff at the hospital,” said Jeff….


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