On Saturday, Aug. 5, PEC United Charities was honored with its first Friends of 4-H award at the annual 4-H awards banquet in Lampasas. Brandon Butts, PEC electrical distribution designer and Liberty Hill PEC United Charities representative, accepted the award on the cooperative’s behalf and remarked on the event’s sense of community and comradery.
“I was in 4-H when I was younger, so I wanted to make sure a PEC representative was there to show how grateful we are to be recognized and support the members in our outlying communities,” Butts said. “Everybody very graciously clapped when we were awarded, and it’s that community/cooperative feel that makes this award so special. They were very appreciative of PEC’s support.”
The Friends of 4-H award is presented annually by 4-H, the nonprofit, global organization with a mission to engage and advance youth development with hands-on learning and education programs. Each year, chapters from all over the country review the companies and organizations that have donated to their chapter’s efforts. This year, the Kempner/Oakalla, Lometa and Sulphur Springs chapters decided to recognize PEC United Charities, an organization run and funded by PEC employees for the purpose of helping charitable organizations in our community and beyond. PEC’s Board of Directors gives $100,000 in addition to employees’ contributions.
“PEC United Charities is such a great program,” Butts said. “Each of our participating employees give 70 percent of their first hour of pay each month to the recipient charities of their choice. These communities love how much our employees and board of directors care and are so appreciative of our efforts.”
To learn more about the program, visit pec.coop/united-charities.