Santee Cooper has long maintained a tradition of giving back to the communities and people of South Carolina. In 2017, employees collectively served almost 20,000 volunteer hours with educational, environmental, civic and heathcare organizations. Our employees exemplify Santee Cooper’s mission by volunteering their time, talents and money to nonprofits throughout the state. Whether it is through company-sponsored events, like Celebrate the Season and Nature Scope, or activities on the weekend with Relay for Life or the American Heart Association, employees take pride in being a part of their community.
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Renee White, spouse of a Shriner, participates in the organization by raising money that helps transport children to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, located in Greenville, S.C.
How? By selling bags of homemade pork rinds. On Tuesday nights, she helps prepare five different flavors: plain, mild, hot, salt and vinegar, and believe it or not, there’s even a chili cheese variety. On Wednesdays, she brings them to work for distribution. She’s already raised $2,000 this year.
“This is something that my husband and I can do together,” said White, a Kentucky native. “We enjoy doing this to help children who are desperately in need.”
The duo are members of the Hillbilly Clan No. 82, Outhouse 1. They routinely participate in parades with a classic 1929 Ford Model A (think the old “Beverly Hillbillies” TV show and their 1921 truck), dress up like mountain folk and generally play the fun to the hilt. The money they raise is strictly used for the transportation fund, which pays all expenses for the child and parents to get to the hospital.
During Nature Scope in March, we celebrated 185 teachers and nearly 4,500 students who participated in the 27th annual Kids Who Care project competition, which promotes environmental education and stewardship. Berkeley County kindergarten through 5th grade students enjoyed the day by visiting wildlife and nature exhibitions and participating in fun, interactive learning activities at Old Santee Canal Park. Santee Cooper was happy to provide volunteers and exhibitors for both days of the event. We would like to thank all the community and business volunteers.