Spartanburg Water Day of Caring: 388 hours, 97 volunteers, 6 sites

May 7, 2018

Spartanburg Water team members, in partnership with United Way of the Piedmont, recently dedicated nearly 400 hours to local nonprofits on the utility’s 11th annual Day of Caring. The Day of Caring gives Spartanburg Water employees and family members the opportunity to put their skills and resources to  work on projects that are much needed. The day not only encourages employees to give back to our community, but those participating learn more about some of the nonprofit organizations their United Way of the Piedmont donations support. The six nonprofits and some of the projects performed are:


            Nonprofit Name                        Day of Caring Projects

Upstate Family Resource Center

Mulch, remove weeds, plant flowers around entrance, paint interior room and sort clothing
                                                                                       Hub City Farmers’ Market


Created a hillside garden and constructed a pergola

Hope Center for Children

Spread mulch, paint chairs, pressure washed exteriors, trimmed trees and bushes
                                                                                         Hope Remains Ranch Painted sheds, pulled weeds, planted flowers, trimmed fence line, put out grass fertilizer and seed
                                                                                         TOTAL Ministries Organized food pantry and prepared hygiene kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.) for clients
                                                                                  Soup Kitchen Food preparation for lunch, served food, assisted staff with clean up


“The Day of Caring shows our employees’ willingness to give back to the community by giving their  service on their own time,” said Sue Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Spartanburg Water. “Each of these employees and their family members gave four-plus hours on Saturday to these six nonprofits. There are many activities that our team members are engaged in after work and on weekends. That they would participate in the Day of Caring year after year shows their dedication. I’m honored and humbled by the work that each contributed to our efforts. Our community is made better by this kind of passion and participation.”

Of the six locations, 97 Spartanburg Water employees and family members volunteered 388 hours of their time. Spartanburg Water has partnered with United Way of the Piedmont for eleven years to assist and organize their annual Day of Caring, formerly the Day of Service. A committee of Spartanburg Water employees leads the effort in identifying focus areas and team leaders for each project, said Jason Cass, Spartanburg Water’s 2018 Volunteer Coordinator.

“A huge shout out to the group that worked at Hope Remains Ranch on Saturday! They did an incredible job and blessed us immensely. Thank you, Spartanburg Water and United Way of the Piedmont for all the support,” said Director of Operations and Business Development at Hope Remains Ranch Pam Benedict.

ABOUT SPARTANBURG WATER: Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of nearly 200,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of more than 250 employees, each day it produces an average of 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community.