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…


Laurens Electric offers students free trip to Washington, D.C.

An expense-paid week in Washington, D.C. will be awarded to two students by Laurens Electric Cooperative, according to Jim Donahoo, the co-op’s Director of Marketing. The annual Washington Youth Tour contest includes submitting an application and participating in an interview process. After co-op officials judge the entrants, two students will be awarded the trip, which…


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…


R.D. Bennett Scholarship

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc., the association of South Carolina’s independent, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, shall award one $5,000 college scholarship to a S.C. student participating in the Washington Youth Tour who best exemplifies the cooperative principle of “concern for the community.”  Just as cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities while focusing on their…


Washington Youth Tour

Calling all rising seniors within the Laurens Electric service area: It’s time to begin preparing for the annual Washington Youth Tour. Every year, about 1,500 delegates from 39 states are sponsored by local electric cooperatives to attend a weeklong expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Laurens Electric Cooperative will sponsor two high school juniors to attend the…