Laurens Electric’s new Community Impact Initiative has presented its first grants of 2018. At the Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on March 15, LEC’s David Hammond presented funding to the Simpsonville Chamber Foundation for projects within the city that will be announced publicly this summer, and to Simpsonville Elementary School’s Leadership Development project.
Allison McGarity, President and CEO of the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, said “We are honored and excited to help present Laurens Electric Cooperative’s 2018 Community Impact grant to deserving recipients in the Simpsonville area. The grants will be used to establish the Leader In Me program at Simpsonville Elementary School, improve public spaces, and pursue workforce development initiatives. LEC’s support of the Simpsonville Area Chamber and our members is integral to realizing our shared vision of a strong and vibrant future.”
The Leader in Me, a whole school transformation process, teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
“Simpsonville Elementary would be one of the first in the state to implement this program,” said Doug Miller, who serves on the Chamber’s board. “From kindergarten through 5th grade, the program teaches kids the things you have to do to be a leader, such as structure, dress, mannerism, homework before play, being held accountable. It costs about $40k to implement and about $10k per year to run.”
The Simpsonville chamber got involved as a community project and has dedicated resources to raise money and generate awareness.
After the success of Laure Electric’s employee Pay It Forward program, the co-op decided to sponsor one more strong community program to receive the remainder of the charitable funds raised by LEC’s annual events. The initiative involves and empowers local people to affect positive change within their own communities.
The program provides grants not to exceed $2000 intended for public charitable purposes that enrich the quality of life of citizens in the communities the cooperative serves.
Community members can apply through their local Chambers of Commerce in Laurens, Mauldin, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn. Recipients will be chosen by their respective chambers, and representatives from Laurens Electric will present the funds throughout the year at each Chamber’s annual banquet.