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GAFFNEY — Two local charities have received a total of $2,000 from the philanthropic organization funded by members Broad River Electric Cooperative.

In a statement released this week, Broad River Electric Cooperative announced that Broad River Electric Charities distributed $22,500 to local organizations and charities in February as part of its Operation Round Up® program.

Among the organizations receiving the funds were the Union County Pregnancy Center ($500) and Union County Meals on Wheels ($1,500).

The other organizations that received the fund were:

• Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society — $500

• HALTER Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program — $1,000

• Putting God First Christian Ministries — $1,000

• Cherokee County Literacy Association — $500

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate — $1,500

• Cherokee County Mental Health Association — $500

• Meals on Wheels of Cherokee County — $500

• Middle Tyger Community Center — $1,500

• American Red Cross Western Carolina Region — $3,500

• Odyssey of the Mind of South Carolina — $3,000

• Operation Restoration — $1,500

• Senior Centers of Cherokee County — $500

• Hope Remains Youth Ranch — $1,500

• The Village School of Gaffney — $500

• Children and Choices — $500

• Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties — $2,000

• American Heart Association — $500

(The donation to the American Heart Association was made by Broad River Electric through Buffalo Elementary School’s “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser in February.)

“These organizations and volunteers do so much to help our communities and citizens,” said Broad River Electric Charities Board member Jane Rhinehart. “We hope the funds, generously donated by the cooperative members, will help their cause and inspire more support for them throughout the community.”

Donations to the selected charities 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 over $300,000 to dozens of organizations and entities across the Upstate. Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the cooperative to begin the application process.

Broad River Electric Charities is a philanthropic subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative, which serves more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina. As a non-profit, member-owned utility, Broad River Electric Cooperative strives to empower its members and communities with their ability to improve quality of life.

This story was provided by Broad River Electric Cooperative.

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