BREC gives United Way $5,000


Donation made through matching grants program

Courtesy photo Ryan Thomas (right), a Broad River Electric employee and member of the United Way Community Impact Committee, presents Libbie Check (left), Local Relationship Manager for the United Way, with a CoBank check for $5,000.


GAFFNEY — One good deed deserves another… and another.

Broad River Electric Cooperative employees have been donating a portion of their monthly wages to the United Way of the Piedmont for decades and the cooperative annually matches those dollars. Thanks to one of its cooperative allies, an additional $5,000 has been added to this year’s gift.

CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program matches contributions by their cooperative customers to nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Broad River Electric employees donated $3,001.50 to United Way of the Piedmont, an amount matched by the cooperative. CoBank’s maximum match is $5,000.

“What begins as a few dollars per month out of each employee’s paycheck has now grown to over $11,000,” explained John Brown, Broad River Electric’s United Way Employee Campaign

Coordinator. “We’re proud to be able to deliver this money to the United Way, an organization that shares our mission to empower the community and improve the quality of lives.”

CoBank’s “Sharing Success” matching grants program created a $3 million charitable fund to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support. First launched in 2012, “Sharing Success” is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in communities across the country.

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.

Established in 1940, 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.

This story was submitted by Broad River Electric Cooperative.

Courtesy photo Ryan Thomas (right), a Broad River Electric employee and member of the United Way Community Impact Committee, presents Libbie Check (left), Local Relationship Manager for the United Way, with a CoBank check for $5,000.
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Donation made through matching grants program

This story was submitted by Broad River Electric Cooperative.

This story was submitted by Broad River Electric Cooperative.

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