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Broad River Electric presents $5,000 matching gift to United Way

One good deed deserves another… and another.

Many Broad River Electric Cooperative employees have been donating a portion of their monthly wages to the United Way of the Piedmont for decades and the cooperative annually matches those dollars. Thanks to one of its cooperative partners, an additional $5,000.00 has again been added to last year’s gift.

CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program matches contributions by their cooperative customers to nonprofit organizations. In 2015, Broad River Electric employees donated $3,124 to United Way of the Piedmont, an amount matched by the cooperative. CoBank’s matched that total with their maximum donation of $5,000 to the United Way for the third consecutive year.

“What begins as a few dollars per month out of our employees’ paychecks has now grown to over $11,000,” explained John Brown, Broad River Electric’s United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator. “We’re proud to be able to deliver this money to the United Way, an organization that shares our mission to empower the community and improve the quality of lives.”

“These funds enable United Way of the Piedmont to expand and enhance services in our home communities,” said Cherokee County Relationship Manager Tammy Bright. “We are grateful for this investment in our work and the continued support of Broad River Electric.”

CoBank’s “Sharing Success” matching grants program is a $3 million charitable fund to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support. First launched in 2012, “Sharing Success” is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in communities across the country.

“We’re delighted to join Broad River Electric in support of such a worthy cause,” stated Robert Engel, Chief Executive Officer of CoBank.

CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. 

United Way of the Piedmont is a private, not-for-profit organization serving Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union Counties whose mission is to connect, engage and inspire people to transform their community.

Established in 1940, Broad River Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing quality services to more than 18,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina in order to improve the quality of their lives

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