Santee Electric Cooperative was proud to make sizeable donations to three charitable foundations – American Red Cross, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, and Williamsburg Technical College Foundation, through Santee Electric's Round-Up fund and CoBank’s Sharing Success program.
Williamsburg Technical College Foundation received $5,000 from SEC through the Round-Up fund which CoBank matched to make it a total of $10,000. The funds will go towards the renovation and regeneration of the Williamsburg Regional Hospital building and ground that WTC acquired which will house classrooms, science labs, state of the art health simulations labs, student support services and student auxiliary services.
“We are grateful for this donation, this will help with the renovation plans for the hospital and impact the lives of countless students,” says Martha Burrows Public Information Director at Williamsburg Technical College.
Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault received $2,500 from SEC through the Round-Up fund which CoBank matched to make it a total of $5,000. Pee Dee Coalition is dedicated to the reduction of sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse and to meeting the needs of victims.
Through the Williamsburg County Satellite Crisis Center, the staff provides direct support services to victims and their families. PDC also provides the community education on the issues in an effort to reach those who are victims as well as recruit volunteers to support the work of the Center.
American Red Cross received $2,500 from SEC through the Round-Up fund which CoBank matched to make it a total of $5,000. These funds will directly support the people impacted by home fires in Clarendon, Florence, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties. When a home fire occurs, the Red Cross deploys to support the families emotionally during their time of distress, and provide the funds needed for the particular circumstances of the individuals impacted. Funds are distributed immediately onsite to those impacted by tragedy.
“American Red Cross is proud to have this partnership with Santee Electric. These funds will go a long way in helping the communities we mutually serve,” says Kara Byrd, Regional Philanthropy Officer at American Red Cross SC Region.
CoBank is a national cooperative bank with a Sharing Success program, which is a fund that matches the contributions up to $10,000 from Santee Electric to organizations. Santee Electric Cooperative has participated in the Sharing Success program for the past ten years.
“CoBank has been an extremely valuable lending partner of Santee Electric’s for many years, and the Sharing Success program they offer is one of the great benefits that they provide,” said Jay Kirby, Vice President of Public Affairs. “It helps us to give back to the charities that work hard in our communities.”
Santee Electric's Round-Up Fund comes from "Operation Round-Up." Where each month, Santee Electric "rounds up" the electric bills of participating consumers to the next highest dollar. Donations are tax-deductible. All Operation Round-Up donations are placed in trust and administered by an independent Board of Directors called the Santee Electric Trust. The Board receives and evaluates all requests, determines who receives funding and how all Operation Round Up money will be distributed.
If you participate in “Operation Round-Up” then you played a huge role in these donations!