During this Christmas season of giving, SECO Energy employees embraced local charities by donating generously to United Way and Toys for Tots. Concern for Community is a key cooperative principle that SECO employees embody when they enrich the lives of thousands in local communities through donations.
A program that improves the quality of life of millions of people all over the world is United Way. During SECO’s 2017 United Way campaign, employees opened their checkbooks and donated generously. SECO employees pledged $50,171 for local communities aided by United Way.
The pledge amounts per county are:
Lake and Sumter Counties – $27,132
Marion County – $13,055
Citrus County – $5,876
Other counties – $4,108
SECO found the holiday spirit early by participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Toys for Tots mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute the toys collected as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is located.
As a Toys for Tots drop-off location, SECO employees collected hundreds of toys to make local children’s holiday special this year. Many SECO members also stopped by and dropped off gifts for this worthy cause.
Jim Duncan, CEO, stated, “As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, SECO believes in supporting local charities such as United Way and Toys for Tots. Generating pledges of over $50,000 for local communities is a testament to the generosity of the employees here at SECO. And hundreds of children will wake up to Christmas presents under the tree, thanks to our employees and members.”
SECO’s United Way and Toys for Tots emcee, Kathy Judkins, Deputy Director of Civic, Charitable and Government Affairs, is delighted by the generosity of SECO employees. Judkins stated, “The donated toys will bring smiles to many local children in need this holiday season. A big thank you to the entire SECO team for their generosity during our season of giving.”
Learn more about United Way and its impact on local communities. Visit Toys for Tots online to learn more about helping local children. More information about SECO’s community outreach programs is available online.