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A Year of Caring

September 21, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in

Mike Poston, Santee Cooper vice president of Retail Operations, volunteered to paint during the United Way of Horry County’s Day of Caring held Sept. 9.

There are times when we all feel there should be more unity in our communities. Coming together to help those in need is a sure way to stand united, and employees at Santee Cooper recently united in the goal of helping our community.

Whether they’re donating their time, talents or hard-earned money, our team members put others first, and that was evident at this year’s Day of Caring for United Way of Horry County.

Each year, many of the United Way chapters nationwide organize one day of improvement projects that pull their community together. For United Way of Horry County, that took place on Sept. 9, and Santee Cooper employees were not afraid to get a little dirty as they scraped, painted and planted.

Sixty employees took part in the Day of Caring, which benefits organizations assisted by the United Way of Horry County. Santee Cooper employees volunteered at Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Community Kitchen and New Directions Family Shelter of Myrtle Beach. They repaired doors, waxed floors, painted walls, cleaned windows and pressure washed awnings and tables. They also built a kids’ play area, book shelves and a job application/information rack.

Jim Rabon, a Santee Cooper project support supervisor, organized the troops for this year’s Day of Caring. He said, “Neighbor helping neighbor was an awesome experience.”

I agree. And so does Santee Cooper.

Each year, not only does Santee Cooper encourage employees to participate in Day of Caring, we also hold fundraising campaigns at all of our offices. Employees can choose if they’d like to contribute and, if so, to which United Way they’d like to pledge funds. Their donations take the Day of Caring beyond just a day. Instead, it becomes a year of caring.

Some of the United Way chapters employees donate to are those in the communities where we and our neighbors live and work, including Trident United Way serving Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties; United Way of Horry County; Black River United Way in Georgetown County; United Way of Anderson County; and United Way of the Midlands, serving Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties.

This is just the first Day of Caring for Santee Cooper this fall. On Friday, Nov. 18, the Trident United Way Day of Caring will take place, and we’ll be there to lend a hand.