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Local Charities Receive $30,000 from ORU

Front Row, l-r: Ernie  & Ann Rogers (Voice of Triumph), Terry Mallard (BRE Charities Board Member & BRE CEO), Susan Harris (Cherokee Children’s Home), Darlene Henderson (Salvation Army); back row, l-r: Mary Phillips (Cherokee Literacy Association), Judy Nix (Cherokee Children’s Home), Dorothy Priester (Cherokee First Steps), Shep Wright  and Murl Lehman (Miracle Hill Ministries).

Front row, l-r: Rosalind Brown (Barksdale Sickle Cell Anemia), Carolyn Landrum (HOPE Soup Kitchen), Jane Rhinehart (BRE Charities Board member), Chamlee Loscuito (Hope Center for Children); back row, l-r: Albert Fields (Homes for Life), Bob Williams (Hunter for the Hungry), and  Jim Hames (Miracle Hill).  

l-r: Don Brown (Salkehatchie Union),  Caroline Barger (Salkehatchie Union), Harmony Greer (Union Disabilities), Alison Coker (Jerusalem Project) and Carol Smith (BRE Charities Board member).  

Broad River Electric Charities has distributed $30,000 to 18 local charitable organizations and programs that strive to improve quality of life for the people of the Upstate.

  • Donations from Broad River Electric Cooperative’s Operation Roundup® fund were donated to:
  • Cherokee Children's Home toward their new building fund;
  • Cherokee County First Steps for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Book Program;
  • Cherokee County Literacy Association to provide materials for tutors and students;
  • Church Builders Rehab Program to help purchase reliable transportation;
  • Hope Center for Children Shelter to help with transportation needs;
  • Louvenia Barksdale Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation to provide food and medications;
  • Miracle Hill Rescue Mission of Cherokee County for operations;
  • Miracle Hill Homes for Life for operations; Miracle Hill Rescue Mission for operations; 
  • Mission of Grace Transportation Ministry for the purchase of a bus;
  • Salkehatchie Summer Service of Union to purchase building materials; 
  • Jerusalem Project of Union to purchase construction materials; 
  • Salvation Army to purchase food for the soup kitchen,
  • SC Hunters & Landowner for the Hungry to freeze stored venison;
  • SC Odyssey of the Mind for program materials;
  • Temple Education Ministries to purchase food for clients;
  • Union Disabilities & Special Needs to fund summer camp experiences for seven clients;
  • and Voice of Triumph Food Bank toward the purchase of food.

 “These organizations and volunteers do so much to help our communities and citizens,” said Broad River Electric CEO and Charities Board member Terry Mallard . “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 nearly half-million dollars to dozens of organizations and entities across the Upstate. Organizations wishing to request funds can contact the cooperative to begin the application process.



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