Serving the community is an integral part of our mission and values. In fact, the seventh Cooperative Principle—Concern for Community—has the greatest impact, not only with our members, but in the communities where they live. Lynches River Electric Cooperative is actively involved in the community, as are many of our employees.
Just a few of the programs we support are:
- Ground 40
- Hospice of Chesterfield County
- Connie Maxwell Children’s Home
- Lancaster Promise Neighborhood
- Historic Camden Foundation
- Seth’s Giving Tree
- Chesterfield Family YMCA
- Pee Dee Coalition
- Operation Round Up
The cooperative also sponsors community sports teams, our area schools, booster clubs, Boys and Girls State and other local programs.
LREC also offers Safety Programs and Demonstrations and event speakers for electricity-related topics. If you are interested in a safety demonstration for your group, please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.
The LIGHT Foundation
In addition to the assistance provided by LREC, co-op employees founded The LIGHT Foundation in 2017. This organization received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2018.
The goal of The LIGHT (Leaving an Impact, Giving & Helping Together) Foundation is to improve the quality of life for individuals in our communities and to support the groups and organizations already making a positive impact in our area. Co-op employees identify individuals, groups, or organizations needing assistance in Lancaster, Kershaw, and Chesterfield counties and nominate them to receive aid. A committee comprised of employees reviews and approves nominations and allocates funds to help those in need. To learn more about The LIGHT Foundation, visit www.lightfoundationsc.org
Improving lives through community support
Lynches River Electric Cooperative and cooperatives around the country adhere to the Seven Cooperative Principles which guide how we do business.
You may be familiar with the 1st Cooperative Principle—Voluntary and Open Membership, which states we are open to all persons able to use our services. The 2nd Cooperative Principle—Democratic Member Control—gives members equal voting rights: one member, one vote.
While all seven of the principles are equally important we would like to point out the 7th Cooperative Principle—Concern for Community, which has the greatest impact on not only our members but the communities in which they live.
Throughout the years Lynches River Electric Cooperative has supported the work of local nonprofit and community service organizations. Our employees serve on nonprofit boards, chambers of commerce and government councils. They volunteer as coaches, work with school booster clubs, give blood and donate to those in need.