Pay It Forward February 2021

Manager of Distribution Services Jeff Knight paid forward $500 to Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries, headquartered in Greenwood, S.C.

Connie Maxwell is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1892. Each year, more than 200 children and their families participate in one of the ministry’s core programs: residential care, crisis care, foster care and family care.

According to their web site,, the largest facility and headquarters for its statewide ministry is the Greenwood campus. There, school-aged boys and girls live in nine family-style homes. Live-in staff helps to meet the children’s physical, social, and emotional needs. Professional services staff members are a resource for children and their families as they work towards family reunification. Children on the Greenwood campus attend public schools and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular school activities. Students 12 and older also have after-school campus jobs to develop good work habits and money management skills.

The ministry’s purpose is to make a child’s brightest future possible again.

The web site states, “The kids who come to Connie Maxwell are in the midst of the most painful and confusing times of their lives through no fault of their own – and out of that comes a lack of hope, trust, and faith. We work to restore their faith in family, themselves, and in God and all that He can do to make their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for their future possible again.”

Knight said, “I think sometimes we get wrapped up in our own families and forget that there are children that for whatever reason are in desperate situations. As followers of Christ, He has commanded us to look after widows and orphans. I hope this donation provides a brighter outcome for a child that really needs it.”

To find out how you can help or volunteer, visit or call (800) 868-2624.


The Pay It Forward program began in 2015.

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.

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