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Broad River provides 3,000 book bags to local students

One Co-op. Forty elementary schools. 3,000 book bags.

 

Broad River Electric Charities has provided 3,000 book bags to elementary students across the upstate of South Carolina. Over 40 schools and community centers in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee Counties received book bags the week before the academic year begins on August 20.

“There is a need for these backpacks and other supplies throughout our area,” explained Barbara Whitney, chair of the Broad River Electric Charities Board and a retired school administrator in Spartanburg County. “We wanted to help our children begin their school year equipped, not just with supplies, but with the knowledge that their community supports them.”

The funds used to purchase the packs came from the Operation Round Up® program, a Broad River Electric program in which the cooperative’s members round up their monthly bills to the nearest dollar. The extra change accumulates into a benevolent fund that is distributed to local charities and causes. This is the sixth consecutive summer that the fund has provided book bags to local students.

The spiral bound notebook and a pack of paper inside each bag was donated by the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville. The facility is one of Broad River Electric Cooperative’s industrial members and a strong supporter of local schools.

On August 14, Broad River Electric Charities Board members and Cooperative staff packed the book bags with supplies. They were assisted by volunteers from Buford Street United Methodist Church Youth and Crossroads Rescue Mission. Broad

BREC sends Union's Bailey Long on Youth Summit

Baily Long with Judge Thomas HuffFifty-six high school students from across the state returned to school this fall with a better understanding of how electric cooperatives are preparing for the future.

Broad River Electric co-sponsored the Cooperative Youth Summit in July, giving Union County High School senior Bailey Long a chance to tour renewable energy sites, meet with state government leaders, explore careers in the electric industry and take rides in all-electric vehicles. In its second year, the Cooperative Youth Summit included visits to Black River Electric Cooperative’s Community Solar farm in Sumter.

The students also visited the capitol complex in Columbia. There, state Rep. Beth Bernstein (Richland-Dist. 78) encouraged young women and minorities, in particular, to run for office.  “I never considered running for office until a friend brought it up,” said Bernstein. “I want you to realize each of you has the ability to run.”

Judge Thomas E. Huff of S.C. Court of Appeals met with the students in his courtroom (pictured), stressing the importance of education. The former legislator also noted his co-op experience as a former counsel to Aiken Electric Cooperative.

Students also visited Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative in Lexington, learning about line work, taking bucket truck rides, observing pole-climbing demonstrations and hearing of co-op career opportunities. They partnered with S.C. WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) to fill 320 bags with personal items for homeless students as part of WIRE’s Kids’ Closet initiative. More than 11,000 S.C. students experienced homelessness last year, they learned.

The summit ended at the state association of co-ops in Cayce, where students took rides in electric vehicles, a Tesla Model S and Model 3. Association employees explained the science behind electric vehicles.

Broad River Electric Cooperative supports programs like the Cooperative Youth Summit to show its Commitment to Community, one of the Cooperative Principles. Learn more about the cooperative difference at BroadRiverElectric.com.

Broad River Electric to hold Shred Day in Boiling Springs

Saturday, August 25      9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Unnecessary and unwanted documents can put our privacy in peril. That’s why Broad River Electric is hosting a Community Shred Day on Saturday, August 25 in front of our Boiling Springs office at  5535 Highway 9. This free to the public service will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. that day. 

Identity thieves thrive on tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, and anything else that has personal information. Just tossing those documents in the trash puts you at risk, making document shredding a business and personal necessity.

Broad River Electric has partnered with the same company that provides its shredding service to offer its proprietary crosscut shredding technology that turns sensitive paperwork into confetti-sized pieces. They’ll be set up with their mobile unit to shred your documents while you watch.

Only paper products are accepted. 

 

Pay Directly. Pay with Confidence.

Using third-party payers can result in added fees, disconnection

It used to be local convenience stores, now it's a host of online services. Sites like doxo.com, MoneyGram, and others offer to pay your power bill with the promise of convenience and automation. The problem is, none of these sites are authorized by or have a relationship with Broad River Electric. They are not aware of our payment schedule, fees, policies, or processes. 

Using an unauthorized third party to pay your power bills can lead to:

Late Fees

Payments made through these sites are not immediate and often take days to get to Broad River Electric.

Service Interruptions

If payments are made near your disconnect date, these delays could result in disconnections. 

Insufficient payments

Added fees deducted from your payment by these websites can result in an amount less than your balance due.

My Energy Online log

Convenience You Can Trust

Broad River Electric offers convenience you can trust.

Through the MyEnergy Online member portal, members can:

  • Pay their bill online
  • Set up automatic payments
  • Avoid added fees by using E-checks
  • Use our smartphone app to make payments
  • Trust that all payments are direct and immediate

Broad River Electric Charities donates $27,000

Broad River Electric Charities board member Nancy Jordan (far left) presents the donation check to representatives of organizations doing work in Cherokee County: (l-r) Johnny McLean - Salvation Army, Judy Nix - Cherokee Children’s Home, Mildred Robinson - Voice of Triumph, Sherry Stevens - SAFE Homes, and Melissa Green - Iron City Ministries. 

Broad River Electric Charities has distributed $27,000 to 15 local organizations and agencies that will help provide food, shelter, education, support, and protection for citizens of the Upstate.

Organizations receiving funds during this grant cycle include: The Boys & Girls Club of the Upstate, Cherokee Children’s Home, Cherokee Springs Fire District, Hope Center for Children, Friends of Kings Mountain State Park, SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition, Salkehatchie Summer Service, Salvation Army, Union County Carnegie Library, Union County Pregnancy Center, Harbor of Hope, The Jerusalem Project of Union, and Voice Triumph in Blacksburg.

“It is inspiring to see the impact these organizations have on our communities,” said Broad River Electric Charities Board member Jane Rhinehart. “We thank the Broad River Electric membership for their generosity and the trust placed in our board to select these recipients.” 

Donations to the selected beneficiaries come from Broad River Electric’s Operation Round Up® program. Each month, participating members’ account balances are rounded up to the nearest dollar. That extra change goes to the benevolent fund that assists organizations and goodwill missions in and around Broad River Electric’s service area.

Funds from Operation Round Up® are distributed through Broad River Electric Charities, Inc., which is governed by a 7-member board representing the cooperative and the three counties it predominantly serves – Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg.

Since its inception in 2010, the program has allowed Broad River Electric Charities to donate $800,000 to dozens of organizations and entities across the Upstate. Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the cooperative to begin the application process. The next distribution will occur in early August.

June 2018 Distribution Details

Organization

Funding Purpose

Received

Boys & Girls Club of the Upstate

Summer programs

$4,000

Cherokee Children’s Home

Summer Activity Assistant

$1,000

Cherokee Springs Fire District

Smoke alarms for area residents

$1,500

Hope Center for Children

Family Strengthening Program

$1,500

Friends of Kings Mountain State Park

Maintain trails, retaining wall

$1,000

Harbor of Hope

Help for homeless

$1,000

Iron City Ministries

Food Pantry

$1,000

Jerusalem Project, Union

Supplies for handicap ramps, home repair

$3,000

SAFE Homes Rape Crisis

Cherokee Co. emergency shelter

$2,000

Salkehatchie Summer Service, Union

Materials for home repairs

$3,000

Salvation Army, Gaffney

Soup Kitchen needs

$1,000

Salvation Army, Spartanburg/Union

Walk-in freezer purchase

$4,500

Union Carnegie Library

Summer reading program

$500

Union Pregnancy Center

Prenatal assistance to young families

$1,000

Voice of Triumph, Inc.

Help purchase food for food bank

$,1000

Total

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$27,000

Broad River Electric sends 2 local students to D.C.

Youth Tourists Currin Blackley (l) and Jonathan Becerra (r) in front of the Capitol Building in D.C.

Rising Seniors at Spartanburg High part of Cooperative Youth Tour

Two local students have returned from the nation’s capital from a trip sponsored by Broad River Electric Cooperative.

Currin Halle Blackley and Jonathan Anthony Becerra, both students at Spartanburg High School, were selected to experience the Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour from June 9 until June 13. They joined other rising seniors from across the country to learn about our government, electric cooperatives, and leadership.

Both students excel in the classroom and are active in their school, churches, and community.

Blackley is a member of the Vikings’ track & field team and the National Beta Club. She also participates in the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute and volunteered with the Homeless Period Project. Blackley attends Cornerstone Baptist Church where she assists on the audio & video production team.

Becerra is a member of the National Beta Club and the National Honors Society. He also writes for the SHS literary magazine. Becerra volunteers at the local soup kitchen and is a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where he is a senior altar server, lector, and choir member.

 “We were proud to have these exceptional young leaders represent our cooperative and our community,” said Terry Mallard, President and CEO of Broad River Electric. “The Cooperative Youth Tour is not just a great opportunity for these students. It is also an opportunity for us to invest in the future of our national well-being and ensure that cooperative principles like commitment to community, education, and democracy are carried on.”

The tour is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC). Broad River Electric is among 20 local cooperatives that select students to represent their service area.

During the tour, delegations of students follow state-planned itineraries, which include time with their state’s Congressional delegation and visits to monuments, memorials, and museums. The students learn about government, the cooperative business model and the importance of rural electrification.

South Carolina Youth Tourists also compete for the $5,000 Robert D. Bennett Community Service Scholarship. The scholarship is presented to a student who completes a community service project that best exemplifies the cooperative principle of “concern for community.”

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. Over 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program.

 

Traveling Vietnam Wall Highlights

Broad River Electric was honored to bring the AVTT traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to our community May 3-6. On Memorial Day, in tribute to all who have defended our freedoms, we're debuting this video which features some of the highlights of those four days.

 Thank you to all who have served.

Broad River Electric brings Vietnam Wall to community from Broad River Electric on Vimeo.

Be prepared for summer's rising temperatures

 

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Southern summers can be brutal. So can the battle between rising outdoor temperatures and the comfort of our homes.  

The weather has a huge impact on the amount of electricity you use.  Understanding that is essential to being able to do something about it. We have some tips to help you keep summer temperatures from burning up your energy dollars.  

 

Set your thermostat to 78 in the summer.

Every degree you lower your thermostat below 78°F adds 3-5 percent to cooling costs

Save energy by using a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat.

You can regulate your home’s temperature when you’re asleep or away and automatically return to more comfortable conditions before you wake or return home.

Routinely change your return filters.

Do it least every three months, to help your unit run more efficiently.

A well-sealed home with the right amount of insulation can make a real difference on your utility bills.

Your home can experience up to 25 percent air loss through small cracks and holes in the outer walls, ceiling, windows, and floor.  ENERGY STAR shows you how

Monitor your energy use with MyEnergy Online.

 A free online tool available to members of Broad River Electric Cooperative.

 

Get more tips at energysmartsc.org or use the Home Efficiency Analysis Tool. 

 

Broad River Provides Shredding Service to Community, Fans to needy

It is the time of year for spring-cleaning. There is no better, or safer, place to start than those unnecessary and unwanted documents that clutter drawers and put privacy in peril.

That is why Broad River Electric hosted a Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 7 at our office in Gaffney. This free public service allowed 140 area residents to shred personal documents as well as safely dispose of outdated or unneeded prescription drugs and medicines.

Shred-it, the provider of Broad River Electric’s shredding services, had a mobile unit in front of the cooperative's headquarters that uses crosscut technology to turn sensitive paperwork into confetti-sized pieces.

Proper prescription drug disposal is just as important. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Just flushing unused medicine down the toilet or throwing them away can be a potential health hazard.

Representatives from the Cherokee County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were also a part of the event to assure proper disposal and collected 75 pounds of medicines. 

Broad River Electric also invited the community to participate in a fan drive for Cherokee County Meals on Wheels (MOW​). One dozen box fans and oscillating fans were collected for MOW clients.  

900 students see "Accidents Disappear"

Magic Show Photo
Over 900 students at three local elementary schools had an interesting lesson in electrical safety on Thursday, March 15.

Using magic tricks and comedy to hold the student’s attention, magician Chris Dixon presented his Making Accidents Disappear program. The program teaches students to be aware of their surroundings, especially when electric wires and appliances are nearby. This is the sixth year that the show has been sponsored by Broad River Electric Cooperative  The show was "on tour" this year, performing at Oakland Elementary (Inman), Pacolet Elementary, and Northwest Elementary (Cherokee). 

“There is no performing art that is more universally loved among children than magic. I was excited that Broad River Electric has again decided to sponsor this program. Teaching electrical safety in a way that is memorable and fun for the students is a real passion of mine,” Dixon noted.

“At Broad River, we’re totally committed to doing everything in our power to prevent accidents and promote safety among children in our community,” said Josh Crotzer, Manager of Community Development at Broad River Electric Cooperative.

Broad River Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing services to more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina in order to improve the quality of their lives.

 

 

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