Greer CPW has been a community-minded utility since it began in 1913. Our people are involved in many local groups and organizations, not to mention donating their time and money to area charities individually by our employees.
Greer CPW works together with local chambers of commerce to improve economic development in the surrounding communities by assisting businesses large and small, existing or new. We also help facilitate fundraising events that serve to raise money for the chambers of commerce, which in turn is used to boost economic development. Also, several members of the Greer CPW staff serve on various committees within those chambers and assist with legislative affairs, membership drives, small business affairs, and marketing efforts.
Here are just a few of the ways Greer CPW is serving the community.
Employees have once again pulled together to show they care about Greer and our customers in this year’s United Way campaign. With an ambitious goal and presentations from local agencies, employees opened their hearts –and their wallets- to top last years donation total. Employee contributions along with CPW’s corporate gift reached nearly $35,000 for the 2016 campaign. This shows that our employees care about the community, and is another example of how CPW is Focusing Our Energy On You.
Employees from CPW joined hundreds of other businesses and residents this past May at Dooley Field in Greer to participate in an all-night cancer relay. The event is part of the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life and helps to raise money for cancer research and patient support. The relay kicked off with dozens of Greer cancer survivors walking the first lap. One of the highlights included the lighting of more than 2,000 luminaries that circled the track in memory or honor of cancer patients in Greer. The event raised over $275,000 locally that will be put toward cancer research and local outreach programs.
While some utility companies send their profits to shareholders in distant cities, CPW reinvests all its proceeds right here. Every year, CPW transfers more than $1 million to the City of Greer and surrounding communities. These funds help pay for vital services like police and fire safety, as well as improve the quality of life for the citizens of Greer.
Chartered at the height of the Great Depression in 1936, Greer Relief’s mission is to prevent hunger and homelessness in the Greater Greer area. They provide in-kind assistance, financial assistance, case management, and RENEW* to the Greater Greer community—including Greer, Taylors, Duncan, Lyman, and Wellford.
CPW provides assistance to Greer Relief each year through direct contributions to help needy residents pay utility bills. Greer Relief has strict requirements for eligibility, helping recipients get help to keep their lights on, their furnace running, or their water flowing.
Greer Relief is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit, 57-0370331. If you would like to contribute directly to Greer Relief, we encourage you to do so by clicking here.
*RENEW, Reaching Every Neighbor Every Way, is an education and life skills program critical to improving the life and health of our neighbors.
Greer CPW is concerned about our elderly, disabled or severely dependent customers where the loss of service could cause a potential life-threatening situation. Therefore, we have established a program where, if Greer CPW is unable to contact the customer directly, we will contact a friend or relative if a customer’s utility bill inadvertently goes past due. This program provides an additional level of safety from disconnection for those who may have forgotten to mail in a payment. The third party contact would not be responsible for the bill, just asked to contact the customer as a reminder. For more information or to sign up, please call 864.848.5500 and talk to one of our Customer Service Professionals.
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