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 June 2020

Workflow Administrator Jeny Landrith paid forward $500 to Stop Soldier Suicide, an organization in pursuit of the goal to reduce the military suicide rate to the national average. The organization was founded by three U.S. Army veterans in 2010 amid the worst suicide crisis our military has ever seen. Through their experiences, they realized that…


Pay It Forward May 2020 – Aaron Dasher

Line Technician Aaron Dasher paid forward $500 to Laurens Electric’s Give 5 program,intended to help those faced with growing electricity bills as a result of economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The voluntary program, launched May 1, allows cooperative members to help fellow members as hundreds in our area have lost jobs or seen…


Pay It Forward April 2020

Customer Service Representative Edwenia Earle-Nelson paid forward $500 to Anderson Interfaith Ministries, or AIM. AIM is a non-profit organization founded by churches to meet the needs of struggling individuals and families in Anderson County through job, housing, hunger, and crisis programs. Their mission is “Connecting people with support, resources, and education so they can empower…


Frank Harling Pays It Forward to COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

Financial Accountant Frank Harling paid forward $500 to the United Way of Greenville County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. According to the web site unitedwaygc.org/response, United Way is coordinating services with local nonprofits and community leaders to provide support for Greenville County’s most vulnerable neighbors during this critical time, such as food, shelter and access to…


Pay It Forward February 2020 – Shane Wright

Service Technician Shane Wright paid forward $500 to 13 year old Fountain Inn resident Kieli and her mother Lisa Bukacek. Kieli has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare and aggressive cancer that requires aggressive treatments. Kieli’s oncologist said her case was one of just 3 in the nation that had presented with symptoms…


Pay It Forward January 2020 – Telly Williams

Information Technology Help Desk Technician Telly Williams paid forward $500 to the Happy Wheels program at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. Happy Wheels volunteers push a cart filled with new books and toys through the hallways of the Children’s Hospital to each inpatient room. Each child chooses a book or toy to keep every week for…


Pay It Forward December 2019 – Joey Parker

Project Coordinator Joey Parker paid forward $500 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital . According to their website, stjude.org, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80%. Joey admits he has a soft spot for kids. He said, “The kids who find themselves with a disease like cancer can’t help…


Pay It Forward November 2019 – Jean Hester

Cashier Jean Hester paid forward $500 to Simpsonville First Baptist Church’s Music Ministry for the Wilma Jones Ringers Handbell Choir. Jean, who has been a member of the church for 40 years and has played handbells for 30 of them, said, “The Wilma Jones Ringers is a great ministry. We have a 5 octave choir…


Pay It Forward October 2019 – Jody Cousins

Pay It Forward October 2019 – Jody Cousins Lineman Jody Cousins paid forward $500 to Fostering Great Ideas, a 501 c3 non-profit that seeks to improve the experience for every child in foster care. According to their website, fgi4kids.org, “Knowing that losses multiply, and stress amplifies the longer a child stays in care, our goal is…


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…


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