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 2019 – Ashton Curry

Cashier Ashton Curry paid forward $500 to a Laurens resident who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2018. Allyson Sherer has seen several specialists in the area and her family travels to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to undergo treatments. Ashton said, “I have followed Allyson’s journey since she was diagnosed, and recently discovered…


Pay Forward August 2019 – Marie Bishop

LEC Payroll Administrator Marie Bishop paid forward $500 in toys, books, movies and other supplies to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Prisma Health–Upstate (formerly Greenville Memorial) hospital. She was inspired to help when her 13 year old niece Addison became critically ill in February of 2019 and was admitted to the PICU. Marie…


Pay It Forward June 2019 – Sherry Brantley

LEC Dispatch Controller Sherry Brantley paid forward $500 to co-worker and Customer Service Representative Jamesia In addition to suffering from a medical condition that has caused her to miss work,  Jamesia – a single mother – also recently became guardian of her two nephews as well as full time caretaker of her grandmother. Sherry said,…


Pay It Forward – May 2019 – Sherri Davenport

As President of LEC’s chapter of Women in Rural Electrification (WIRE), May’s recipient of the employee Pay It Forward funds Sherri Davenport is hyper-aware of the needs of people in her community. WIRE is a community service organization affiliated with electric cooperatives in South Carolina. Laurens Electric’s chapter of WIRE consists of co-op employees and…


Pay It Forward – April 2019 – Wayne Fricks

April’s recipient of the employee Pay It Forward funds, Lineman Wayne Fricks, donated $500 to local organizations and individuals. In addition to helping an Enoree woman who needs a lung transplant and donating to the Laurens County Food Ministry, Wayne also gave to United Ministries of Clinton. The organization provides financial help to qualifying residents…


Pay It Forward – March 2019 – Lisa Foster

March’s recipient of the employee Pay IT Forward funds, Billing Representative Lisa Foster, donated $500 to the Laurens Baptist Crisis Center. The Center is a non-profit organization sponsored by the churches of the Laurens Baptist Association to give assistance to people and families in Laurens County who are in crisis situations. Kay Leagans, Crisis Center…


Pay It Forward – February 2019 – Kim Greene

When Field Service Technician Kim Greene was selected in February as Laurens Electric’s employee Pay It Forward recipient, she chose to spread the love around the community. First, she chose to pay forward $150 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kim already donates to St. Jude’s monthly and said, “My heart goes out to these…


Santa’s Special Pay It Forward – January 2019

As a seasonal volunteer-employee of LEC, the co-op has decided that Santa Claus should also have the chance to participate in its employee Pay It Forward program. Here’s how it works: every co-op employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name…


Pay It Forward – January 2019 – Dennis Fox

Dennis Fox, a Security Consultant for ProTec Services (a division of LEC), paid forward $500 to the Laurens County Humane Society as part of Laurens Electric’s employee Pay It Forward program. Dennis said, “It was hard to make a choice because there are so many worthy causes. However, I hate seeing innocent animals suffer so…


Pay It Forward – December 2018 – Crystal West

December’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Customer Service Representative Crystal West, paid forward $500 to the Hensley family of Taylors. The Hensley’s two-year old daughter Nicolette has struggled with a variety of medical needs since birth, and needs a special device to help her connect with others. The Tobi Dynovox Eye Gaze Communication…


Top