Power To Serve
Power To Serve
As a local electric cooperative, we have a responsibility to serve our community with more than just electricity.
Learn about how Marlboro Electric members and employees are coming together to make their community a better place to live and raise a family.
MEC Partners With Local Church to Help Feed Families
On June 20th, Marlboro Electric Cooperative’s President and CEO, William Fleming, Jr. presented a $3,500 check to Pastor Gilbert Wilson of Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The funds will support the work of the Church’s food pantry, which opens its doors every fourth Saturday. The food pantry partners with Harvest Hope Food Bank to serve over 100 families each month. “MEC is honored to participate in this commendable ministry, and with the impact this food pantry is having on the community, we look forward to making this contribution an annual occurrence,” said Fleming.
Senator Kent Williams was instrumental in establishing the partnership between MEC and the church’s food pantry. “The Senator doesn’t ask for much,” says Fleming. “But when he does, we know his heart is in it, and he is passionate about helping the church and the community.”
“The church does a wonderful job with this ministry as well as other outreach activities,” observed Senator Williams. “MEC has been an important asset in giving back to the community, and the food pantry is deserving of this commitment.”
“If you love me, feed my sheep,” said Pastor Wilson, referencing John 21:17. Jesus fed people on many occasions throughout the Bible, demonstrating to His followers how they should show love and compassion while serving others. “In this day and age, we take for granted that everyone has good, nutritional food,” continued Pastor Wilson, who went on to thank God for the relationship established between the Senator and MEC. This partnership will be an ongoing blessing for the community for years to come.
If you would like to support the Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s food bank ministry, send your checks to Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church 459 Marshall Street Bennettsville, SC 29512 or contact Deacon Thomas Johnson at (843-479-4529).
Pictured from left to right- Church Deacon Thomas Johnson, who oversees the food pantry, Pastor Gilbert Wilson, State Senator Kent Williams and MEC President and CEO, William Fleming, Jr.
MEC members help a neighbor in need
Sometimes it takes flames, disruption, and destruction to reveal a community’s true heart. When a fire destroyed the Fogle family’s Wallace home in early 2018, the community stepped in to help.
The fire burned for six hours before local firefighters brought it under control. In that short period, one Marlboro County family lost a valued home, family keepsakes, cherished memories and two beloved pets, but gained the support of a community that would help them move forward into the new year.
It was mid-afternoon on Jan. 4, and Donna was picking up her two daughters, Danielle and Amber, and son, Tyler, at school when a neighbor called to say that the family’s home was on fire. Her husband, Christopher, was at work and safe. When she arrived home, their house was engulfed by flames.
Marlboro Electric Co-op members, through “Operation Round Up,” gave the family a check to help them get their lives back together.
Co-op members can round up their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar and these additional funds are placed in a trust and used to assist neighbors with emergency support such as food, clothing or shelter. Volunteers from Marlboro and Dillon counties comprise the MEC Trust Board, which decides how Operation Round-Up funds are used.
For more information on the MEC Trust, please visit our website.
MEC Beautifies Lake Paul Wallace Trail
The easy response would have been to write a check and move to the next topic of conversation. The easy step isn’t always the best one, and employees at Marlboro Electric Cooperative decided that they wanted to do more than just make a financial donation.
So, shortly after lunch on Wednesday, April 18, 32 MEC employees closed their computers, changed clothes and grabbed tools. They drove a few miles north of Bennettsville to Lake Paul Wallace and “adopted” the 3.2-mile trail around the freshwater recreational spot. MEC agreed to clear and beautify the public walking trail around the 550-acre lake.
“We are blessed to have an outdoor treasure, such as Lake Paul Wallace, nearby,” William L. Fleming Jr. said while clearing brush from the trail. “Our support will be ongoing so that community members can continue to visit the lake and enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, waterskiing and family picnics.”
In addition to clearing debris, manicuring the trail and maintaining the lawn, boating and picnic areas for years to come, MEC plans to erect distance markers along the route, install signage and benches, and expand existing fishing areas.
As a locally owned and operated cooperative, MEC not only invests in the success of the communities by delivering reliable, affordable and safe power, we also support community outreach efforts, economic development and help local people in need through Operation Round Up, WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) and more.
Photo credits: Hanna Cheek