Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) is a statewide community service organization established in 1981 through The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc.
WIRE was created as a non-profit organization to foster interest in and understanding of the rural electric program and to improve the quality of life in rural areas. The Lynches River chapter of WIRE was organized in 1994.
Their motto “People Helping People” aptly describes the volunteer work of the women in WIRE. Members are involved citizens aiding victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and house fires, supporting homeless shelters, children’s homes, and programs sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and the Palmetto Project. You’ll find WIRE members involved in the Operation Caring project visiting children’s hospitals and nursing homes near the holidays. For more information on WIRE, or how you can get involved, visit ecsc.org or just call the Lynches River office.
2020 WIRE Meeting Schedule:
- March 17
- June 16
- September 15
Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the LREC office, located at 707 South Arant St. in Pageland. All meetings include a meal and a speaker. The date of the last meeting of the year will be determined at the September meeting.
WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship
The WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship is sponsored by Women Involved in Rural Electrification and is awarded annually to a woman who may not have been able to attend college when she graduated from high school, but now wants to further her education. The $2,500 scholarship will be presented to an electric cooperative member based on financial need and personal goals. Applicants must be a member/consumer of a South Carolina electric cooperative. For more information, visit: ecsc.org
Deadline for applications is June 1, 2020. The recipient will receive the scholarship for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester, which must be used during this specific time frame. The scholarship funds must be used in the Fall or Spring semester within the same school year it is awarded. The scholarship will be paid to the recipient’s college of choice.2020 Jenny Ballard Scholarship Application