As the community has watched the situation unfold with Santee Cooper and SCANA over the past several months, Trident United Way feels compelled to thank the hundreds of linemen, customer service representatives and engineers who continue to work daily to keep our power on.

We’ve had the pleasure of interacting with many of these individuals over the years, and we’ve seen firsthand the incredible compassion and commitment these individuals demonstrate every day to help our community be the very best place to live, work, play and raise a family.

These individuals are generous donors to our organization and many other area nonprofits. They also share their time and talent by assisting their neighbors with service projects like Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, where they do everything from reading to students to building wheelchair ramps for people who are elderly or face physical challenges.

It’s important for us all to remember that the situation faced by these two companies involves people. These employees are our next door neighbors and the folks in front of us in the grocery line. They serve our community by making sure that we can turn on lights and heat our homes during these cold winter days with a simple flip of a switch.

As a community, let’s remind our neighbors, some of whom are facing the added stress of uncertainty, how much we appreciate them.

Christopher Kerrigan

President and CEO

Trident United Way

Rivers Avenue

North Charleston