The Pay It Forward program, begun in 2015, was born out of a desire to continue the good work of the 75 Acts of Kindness community initiative.

Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.

This initiative is budget-neutral; the funds will come from Laurens Electric’s charity events, which employee volunteers make possible.

Employees and the community will enable individual employees to help individuals in the community, and that’s a win-win situation.

Pay It Forward – March 2015 – Drew

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s March recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is System Engineer Drew Davidson. Drew chose to donate the entire $500 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. “Cancer is a terrifying disease, and as a father of two young children,…

Pay It Forward February 2015 – Espie

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s first employee recipient of the $500 Pay it Forward funds is Esperanza Sanchez-Bautista, a customer service representative in the co-op’s Mauldin office. In addition to donating $100 to the Greenville Humane Society, “Espie” decided to build on one of the co-op’s last Acts of Kindness – the community initiative created to celebrate…

Pay It Forward – November 2015 – Gary Lowell

“This time of year, I wanted to be able to help ensure that the vulnerable in our community had a good Thanksgiving meal,” said Gary. “But it’s important to remember that these agencies need help year-round.” The Laurens Baptist Association (LBA) is a network of 51 Southern Baptist Churches and 2 mission churches in Laurens County. Director Kay…