Giving Back

Santee Cooper has long maintained a tradition of giving back to the communities and people of South Carolina. In 2017, employees collectively served almost 20,000 volunteer hours with educational, environmental, civic and heathcare organizations. Our employees exemplify Santee Cooper’s mission by volunteering their time, talents and money to nonprofits throughout the state. Whether it is through company-sponsored events, like Celebrate the Season and Nature Scope, or activities on the weekend with Relay for Life or the American Heart Association, employees take pride in being a part of their community. 

Employee Spotlight

Danny Todd, Maintenance Planner

Danny is a maintenance planner at Winyah Generating Station. For the last 15 years, he and his wife have done prison ministry outreach for two hours on Sunday mornings at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway. Essentially, it’s Horry County’s jail.

They frequently see people when they are in their worst circumstance, at a time in their lives when they need someone to make that situation a little better.

“These people are broken,” Todd said, who is an elder at the Conway Church of God. “Some really have turned.” The Todds feel a calling for the work, and he also volunteers at career days, emphasizing to young people that staying in school is critical for their future.

“I encourage them to work hard and get a good education,” said Todd, who spent six years in the Navy prior to coming on board at Santee Cooper. “I enjoy giving insight to the students. It’s rewarding.”

Event Spotlight

Nature Scope

During Nature Scope in March, we celebrated 185 teachers and nearly 4,500 students who participated in the 27th annual Kids Who  Care project competition, which promotes environmental education and stewardship.  Berkeley County kindergarten through 5th grade students enjoyed the day by visiting wildlife and nature exhibitions and participating in fun, interactive learning activities at Old Santee Canal Park. Santee Cooper was happy to provide volunteers and exhibitors for both days of the event. We would like to thank all the community and business volunteers.