Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is proud of its service to the community that goes beyond its provision of safe, affordable and reliable electric service. The cooperative doubled its financial support of United Way of Suwannee Valley in calendar year 2016 over the support provided in 2015.
SVEC supports the local United Way in a number of ways, including annual payroll deduction campaigns and fundraisers. During the 2016 calendar year, SVEC employees contributed $4,562 through payroll deductions which were matched 50 cents to the dollar by the cooperative. Employee-organized fundraisers brought in an additional $2,005.
“Our employees repeatedly demonstrate their generosity through giving activities that benefit people in need,” said SVEC Vice President and CEO, Michael McWaters. “I’m obviously very proud of them.”
In May, SVEC was able to pass along to the United Way of Suwannee Valley a $5,000 Sharing Success Matching Grant from CoBank. Part of the Farm Credit System, CoBank provides loans, leases and financing for agriculture businesses and rural utilities.
Throughout its first 48 years of service, the United Way of Suwannee Valley operated out of donated space not meant to be used as an office. The donations made by SVEC employees and CoBank were utilized toward paying off the debt on a building which was purchased in 2015 to serve as the permanent location for the United Way offices.
SVEC brought its 2016 support of United Way to a festive conclusion with the sponsorship of Santa’s visit from the North Pole to the Lake City Holiday Inn and Suites’ Breakfast with Santa event which benefitted United Way.
Altogether, the cooperative’s support throughout the year totaled $14,048, just about double the $7,110 amount from 2015.
“United Way of Suwannee Valley is extremely fortunate to have a company like SVEC among the community businesses which are good corporate citizens. The company and its employees contribute to the well-being of the community through financial support and engagement in community efforts,” stated Rita Dopp, United Way of Suwannee Valley executive director.
Photo Caption: Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative employees presented a check representing the total amount of the company’s support provided to United Way of Suwannee Valley throughout 2016. In addition to the amount displayed, Suwannee Valley Electric Co-op sponsored Santa’s trip from the North Pole to be at the Lake City Holiday Inn & Suites’ Breakfast with Santa event benefiting the local United Way. Pictured (left to right) are Jon Little, Christine Moor, Erin Skeen, Jim Bell, United Way Executive Director Rita Dopp, Brent Cothern, De Smith, and United Way Volunteer Suwannee County Campaign Chair Pam Cochran. (Photo by Rob Wolfe)