Marketing Specialist David Hammond paid forward $500 to Piedmont Agency on Aging, a private, non-profit, 501© 3 organization serving Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Saluda counties in upstate South Carolina.
The agency offers services that assist seniors while preserving their independence and dignity. These services include meals on wheels, transportation, educational & recreational programs and telephone assurance.
David said, “When my name was drawn for the March Pay It Forward Program, my first thought was that I really wanted to give the dollars in a way that I could make a difference in someone’s life. My mother suffered from dementia and I wanted to somehow put these two together.”
David’s wife Julie saw a patient van for Piedmont Council on Aging and suggested he research the group.
David said, “The agency helps with meals, medical appointment transportation, senior adult activities – and most importantly to my family – temporary relief for in-home care givers. It was perfect for my Pay It Forward. I decided to give the donation to the agency in memory of my mother, Brenda Hammond.”
Piedmont Agency on Aging also offers an adult daycare center in Laurens County called “The Nest.” Located at 512 Professional Park Rd in Clinton, SC, The Nest offers care for individuals ages 18 years and older who would benefit from supervised group activities and therapies.
In addition, the agency operates a commercial child care center. Lifetime Discoveries is an intergenerational daycare, housed in one wing of the Greenwood Senior Center. The center provides commercial child-care services to infants through after school age children.
Piedmont Agency on Aging opened its doors in 1971 with a $25,000 budget and four staff.
Today, the agency operates with an annual budget of over $2,000,000 and a volunteer base of approximately 400 people. They prepare approximately 160,000 meals and provide 800,000 passenger miles of transportation each year.
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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.