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 healthcare 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.
Charles Alston, Winyah Station Unit Operator
Charles serves as the assistant volunteer fire chief in a very unique place served by Santee Cooper: the 9,000-acre Sandy Island community in Georgetown County. More so than other communities, Sandy Island depends on first responders such as Alston for help in an emergency because it is only accessible by boat. He also helps maintain a Santee Cooper truck based on the island that’s used for power restoration, line maintenance and general inspections. Home to about 100 residents, Sandy Islanders take pride in their unique slow pace of life and natural solitude apart from the bustling Grand Strand nearby.
“I am proud to be able to help them,” Alston said. “We all know Sandy Island is so very special.”
Alston is a positive role model for youngsters in the community, volunteering for such programs us Ruby’s Kids and at Pawleys Island Child Care.
Old Santee Canal Park 30th Birthday Celebration
Old Santee Canal Park celebrated its 30th birthday Saturday, May 11, with guided walks and canoe trips, demonstrations and tours. Of course, no birthday celebration is complete without cake and a video to commemorate it.