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.

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…


Pay It Forward – November 2018 – Barry Hodges

November’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Contract Superintendent Barry Hodges, paid forward $500 to Mrs. McNeely’s 4th grade class at Fork Shoals Elementary School. Barry said, “School teachers spend so much time with these children and they see the needs that aren’t being met. Often the teachers will spend their own money on classroom…


Pay It Forward – October 2018 – Drew Munyan

October’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Lineman Drew Munyan, paid forward $500 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 a safe…


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…


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