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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 This free public service allowed 140 area residents to shred personal documents as well as safely dispose of outdated or unneeded prescription drugs and medicines.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.



Traveling Vietnam Wall coming to Broad River Electric

Public can visit replica at headquarters in Gaffney, May 3-6 

AVTT Travelling Vietnam Wall


Honor Escort
Wednesday, May 2
Departs from Cowpens National Battlefield 3 p.m.

Opening Ceremony
Noon on Thursday, May 3

Candlelight Service
Thursday 8 p.m. 

Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 5
8 a.m. - Noon

Closing Ceremony
Sunday, May 6
2 p.m. 

Broad River Electric is bringing The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Vietnam Wall to its 811 Hamrick Street headquarters in Gaffney. The 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. will be accessible to the public from noon Thursday, May 3 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Members attending the cooperatives’ Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 5 will also be able to experience The AVTT Vietnam Wall.

The cooperative will host events surrounding The Wall’s arrival, including an honor escort into Gaffney on Wednesday, May 2, an opening ceremony at noon on Thursday followed by a candlelight service Thursday evening, tributes to veterans and first responders, and a closing ceremony on Sunday.

 “Veterans have been such an important part of this cooperative’s history,” said Board of Trustees chairperson Norris Fowler. “We wanted to pay tribute to them and all those that have served our country by bringing the AVTT Vietnam Wall to our community.”

“I think it is great that Broad River Electric is doing this,” said Todd Humphries, Cherokee County’s Veterans Affairs Officer. “This community has always been committed in their support of our veterans and this is a good way to remember our Vietnam Veterans.”

The AVTT Vietnam Wall is the largest replica traveling the country. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex, the memorial is eight-feet tall.

You can stop by and pay your respects 24 hours per day. Tracing paper for recording wall rubbings will also be available and volunteers will be on hand to assist in locating names.





Broad River Electric holding food drive for MOW

Drive lasts throughout February, drop-off at Gaffney office

Broad River Electric Cooperative will be collecting food for Cherokee County Meals on Wheels throughout the month of February. Non-perishable items such as canned goods, dry foods and other items of need can be dropped off at the cooperative’s Gaffney office located at 811 Hamrick Street, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Cherokee County Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious noonday meals and personal contact to over 400 home-bound persons in Cherokee County who have no other way of receiving this service. The service is provided on the basis of need regardless of age or income.

“There are so many in our community that Meals on Wheels reaches with food and fellowship,” said Broad River Electric president and CEO Terry Mallard. “They serve a very important role and we are proud to partner with our members and fellow citizens to support them.”

The goods donated will stock the organization’s pantry, which helps prepare their clients for inclement weather or provides supplemental groceries. Pet foods are also accepted.

“Cherokee County Meals On Wheels relies on the kindness of others which is why we appreciate the Broad River Electric Cooperative food drive,” said Terry Dennis, executive director for Cherokee County Meals on Wheels. “Many of our clients are elderly, homebound or disabled and depend on these groceries.”

One of Broad River Electric’s seven guiding cooperative principles is a commitment to community. The cooperative and its philanthropic subsidiary Broad River Electric Charities, Inc. supports organizations and initiatives throughout its service territory through the donation of funds, goods, and services.

Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing services to more than 18,000 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. 

Broad River Electric donates to 14 local charities

(l-r) Shakila Lattimore (Peachcenter Ministries), Maddi Currier (Hope Center for Children), Lee Close (Habitat Spartanburg), Nancy Jordan (Broad River Electric Charities), Dean Wyatt (Broad River Leathernecks),
Lynne Shackleford (Habitat Spartanburg), Holly Nix (Blacksburg High AVID), Jane Wilkins (Mental Health Association), Kelley 
Ezell (Upstate Family Resource Center), Deborah Hughey (Mental Health Association). 

Broad River Electric Charities has distributed $22,500 from its Operation Round Up® fund to local charities this holiday season. The 14 organizations and initiatives represent a broad spectrum of causes and ministries, including food banks, toy drives, and education.

Organizations receiving Operation Round Up® funds include the Broad River Leathernecks, Cherokee County Mental Health Association, WBCU Truck Full of Toys, Salvation Army, Upstate Family Resource Center, Blacksburg High School’s AVID program, the Free Medical Clinic of Cherokee County, Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg, Hope Center for Children, Union County Cancer Service, The Gaffney Ledger’s “Christmas is for Kids,” Peachcenter Ministries, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal’s Goodfellows program, and the Union County Baptist Association.

Broad River Leathernecks, an organization of Cherokee County U.S. Marine Corps veterans, will use their $1,000 donation for an annual toy drive.

Cherokee County Mental Health Association received $500 for the purchase of holiday gift cards that will be given to the children of their clients. 

Union County’s radio station WBCU received $1,500 to support their annual holiday toy drive for local children, “Truck Full of Toys.”

The Salvation Army received $1,000 to help fund their programs to meet the needs of Union County residents.

The Upstate Family Resource Center, which serves families in Boiling Springs, Inman, and Chesnee, also received $1,000. 

Blacksburg High School’s “Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) will use the $1,000 provides academic and social support to prepare students for college and success.

The Free Medical Clinic of Cherokee County received $3,000 to help fund medical supplies and prescription assistance for individuals in need.

Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg, which partners with local families in need to build decent affordable housing, received $3,000.

Hope Center for Children received $3,000 to support their service to children and families in the Upstate.

Union County Cancer service will use the $3,000 donated to fund supplies that are not covered by insurance for local individuals with cancer.

“The Christmas is for Kids” campaign raises funds from the community to ensure that disadvantaged children Cherokee County will have presents for Christmas, received $1,000.

Peachcenter Ministries provides the needy of Cherokee County with food, financial and medical assistance and other forms of aid. They received a $1,500 donation.

Goodfellows, which received $1,000, is celebrating 70 years of putting food on the tables of disadvantaged Spartanburg-area families during the holidays.

Union County Baptist Association’s Crisis Ministry Network is a cooperative ministry of the churches that assists residents of Union County with resources to help in times of crisis. The UCBA received $1,000.

“It is inspiring to see the impact these organizations have on our communities,” said Broad River Electric Charities Board member Nancy Jordan. “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 charities come from Broad River Electric’s Operation Round Up program. Each month, the account balances of participating members 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 Cooperative’s service area.

Scam Alert: Unauthorized caller threatens service disconnection

Please be aware that members of Broad River Electric Cooperative have been contacted by an unauthorized party threatening to terminate service for non-payment. The caller falsely claims to represent Broad River Electric and attempts to receive payment for a fabricated balance due or power will be immediately disconnected.

If you have been contacted by someone you suspect is attempting a scam call our member services department at 866-687-2667.

  • DO NOT:  Trust your Caller ID, which can be manipulated by the scammers;
  • DO NOT:  Provide any account or personal information to a caller you don’t know
  • DO NOT:  Attempt to pay your bill on unauthorized websites or at unauthorized pay stations

Members can safely make payments on their bill by the following methods:

Broad River Electric "Shares Success" with United Way

Cooperative Care Foundation also receives $2,000

Chris Koon of the Electric Cooperatives of SC with Broad River Electric's Daniel Gilfillan

United Way's Tammy Bright with Broad River Electric's Rodney Butler.

The United Way of the Piedmont received $3,000 from a Colorado-based company, thanks to its partnership with Broad River Electric Cooperative. 

CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program matches contributions by their cooperative customers to nonprofit organizations. In 2016, Broad River Electric employees donated $3,000 to United Way of the Piedmont, an amount matched by the cooperative. CoBank matched that with another donation of $3,000.

CoBank also matched the cooperative's recent $2,000 gift to the Cooperatives Care Foundation, a fund run by the Electric Cooperatives of SC that assists victims of natural disasters in South Carolina. 

CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. 

United Way of the Piedmont is a private, not-for-profit organization serving Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union Counties whose mission is to connect, engage and inspire people to transform their community. 

BRE honors charities, ORU visionary at banquet

Broad River Electric CEO Terry Mallard presents Tom Upshaw, the visionary behind Operation Round Up, with an award in recognition of his leadership. 

A banquet Thursday night at Broad River Electric Auditorium honored local charities and a visionary leader whose early morning idea has helped fund their causes. 

Broad River Electric Cooperative and its philanthropic subsidiary Broad River Electric Charities celebrated the innovative program Operation Round Up, which rounds up the monthly bills of most of its members to the nearest dollar. The extra change is collected into a benevolent fund. Since 2011, the program has benefited dozens of local charities. Representatives of many of those organizations were in attendance. 

“You take action to improve the quality of life to those in your communities,” Broad River Electric CEO Terry Mallard told them during his presentation. “You are taking seriously the concept of being an agent and instrument of change. For that we are thankful.”

Those in attendance had the opportunity to thank the person who created the Operation Round Up program, former Palmetto Electric Cooperative CEO Tom Upshaw. Palmetto Electric, which serves Hilton Head Island and parts of the adjacent mainland,  launched Operation Round Up in 1989. Since then it has spread to cooperatives and other businesses across the nation and even into Canada and the United Kingdom. 

Among South Carolina cooperatives, the program has donated over $38 million. The nationwide total, just among electric cooperative distributions, is estimated to be at least $250 million.  Broad River Electric has donated over $700,000 to local charities through Operation Round Up. 

“It was one of those four o’clock-in-the-morning-when-you-can’t-sleep ideas,” Upshaw explained. “I had no idea it would spread like it has.”

Upshaw, already a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor, was presented an award from Broad River Electric Charities Thursday night in recognition of his visionary leadership and selfless legacy.

Barbara Whitney, Chair of the Broad River Electric Charities Board, opened the event by highlighting the impact Operation Round Up has on Upstate South Carolina communities. 

Broad River Electric Charities, Inc. is a non-profit organization that quarterly disburses funds from Operation Round Up for charitable purposes in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union Counties. The fund is managed by a 7-member governing board appointed by Broad River Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees. The Charities board consists of Daisy Lemmons and Nancy Jordan of Cherokee County, Jane Rhinehart and Barbara Whitney of Spartanburg, and Carolyn Belue and Carol Smith of Union. Terry Mallard is the ex-officio as CEO of Broad River Electric Cooperative.


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