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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

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