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 – Don Thompson

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s December recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Lineman Don Thompson. Don paid forward $500 to help cover the insurance premiums of a co-worker and fellow lineman who has been medically unable to return to work for more than a year.  At the same time, that co-worker’s wife has also…


Kacie Nelson Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s December recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Customer Service Representative Kacie Nelson. Kacie paid forward $500 to Woodruff Manor Nursing home in Woodruff. “I’ve worked in nursing homes as a certified nursing assistant. Christmas is a time when everyone thinks of children but maybe not of our elderly population….


Keith Mason Pays it Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s November recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds – Staking Technician Keith Mason – paid forward $500 in food and supplies to Tabernacle Children’s Home in Greenville, which houses orphaned children whose parents have died, children left from a broken home situation, as well as children from dysfunctional families. The Home…


James Harlan Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s October recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Crew Supervisor James Harlan. James paid forward $500 in food supplies to Upstate Backpack Blessings, a volunteer-based, donation-driven organization that provides bags of food to nearly 200 students each week in local elementary, middle and high schools. According to www.upstatebackpackblessings.org, over 34,000 students…


Calvin Butler Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s September recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Lineman Calvin Butler. Calvin paid forward $500 to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties. “They help a lot of people,” said Calvin, “and there are a lot of families in need. I’ve heard first-hand about a lot of the good…


Phillip Wicker Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s August recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Facilities Maintenance Coordinator Phillip Wicker. Phillip paid forward $500 to Joey Miller, a Line Technician at Newberry Electric Cooperative, who is battling cirrhosis of the liver. “On top of medical costs, Joey has to do a lot of travelling to Charleston for…


Jamesia Downs Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s July recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Customer Service Representative Jamesia Downs. Jamesia paid forward $500 to single mother Loukevia Rowland. In addition to undergoing two brain surgeries this year for Pseudotumor Cerebri – also known as Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension – Ms. Rowland’s two sons both suffer from numerous…


Randy Brady Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s June recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds ProTec Services Installation Manager Randy Brady. Randy paid forward $500 in supplies to Inman Mills Boy Scout Troop 26. The supplies will fill 2 patrol boxes for camping trips, and include such items as lanterns, camping stove, dishes, and other items to set…


Sherry Scott Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s May recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds Systems Information Technician Sherry Scott. Sherry chose to pay forward $500 to a fellow member of Laurens First Assembly of God. Johnny Godfrey, an active member and deacon of the church was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013. After numerous treatments,…


Scott Fletcher Pays It Forward

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s April recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Staking Technician Scott Fletcher. Scott chose to pay forward $500 to a co-worker who, along with his wife, is suffering from medical problems that have rendered both unable to work. “Here at the co-op we are a family and a team,” said…


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