GAFFNEY — Broad River Electric Charities has distributed $27,000 to 15 area organizations and agencies — five of them based wholly or partly in Union County — that will help provide food, shelter, education, support, and protection for citizens of the Upstate.
In a statement released Wednesday, Broad River Electric Cooperative announced the names of the organizations that had received funds during this grant cycle, the amounts they receives and the purposes for which those funds will be used.
The recipients in Union County were:
• The Jerusalem Project of Union — $3,000 for supplies for handicap ramps, home repair
• Salkehatchie Summer Service, Union — $3,000 for materials home repairs
• Salvation Army, Spartanburg/Union — $4,500 for purchase of walk-in freezer
• Union County Carnegie Library —$500 for the Summer Reading Program
• Union Pregnancy Center — $1,000 for prenatal assistance to young families
The recipients in other communities were:
• Boys & Girls Club of the Upstate — $4,000 for summer programs
• Cherokee Children’s Home — $1,000 for a Summer Activity Assistant
• Cherokee Springs Fire District — $1,500 for smoke alarms for area residents
• Hope Center for Children —$1,500 for Family Strengthening Program
• Friends of Kings Mountain State Park — $1,000 to maintain trails, retaining wall
• Harbor of Hope — $1,000 for help for the homeless
• Iron City Ministries — $1,000 for its Food Pantry
• SAFE Homes Rape Crisis — $2,000 for Cherokee County Emergency Shelter
• Salvation Army, Gaffney — $1,000 for Soup Kitchen needs
• Voice of Triumph, Inc. — $1,000 to help purchase food for its Food Bank
“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.
Broad River Electric Charities is a philanthropic subsidiary of Broad River Electric Cooperative, which serves more than 18,700 homes and businesses in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina.