CarolinaPower’s company culture is centered on having a servant’s heart, golden rule thinking, and focusing on the needs of others. The company’s long-time support of United Ministries – and the annual Transformation Walk in particular – reflects the company’s deep commitment to the communities in which its employees live and work. Celebrating 29 years in 2018, United Ministries’ Transformation Walk is one of Greenville’s longstanding community-wide events and brings people together to raise awareness about poverty in Greenville. CarolinaPower has been a Stride-level sponsor for 10 years.
“As a service-oriented company, we aim to be a positive influence at work, at home and in the communities where we operate,” said Vice President and General Manager Chris Moore. “We are purposeful about how we invest our resources, choosing to support organizations that align with the values of our company. And, as an employee-owned firm, we make sure that the people of CarolinaPower have a say in where we direct our charitable contributions and donate our time.”
In fact, CarolinaPower originally got involved with United Ministries at the request of an employee back in 2001. The company’s close ties with United Ministries have remained strong ever since. The relationship began with CarolinaPower offering financial support for the organization’s annual Transformation Walk. It wasn’t long before CarolinaPower employees started signing up for the annual walk, and some began volunteering time and energy to the overall mission of United Ministries.
Moore and his own family have personally participated in the Transformation Walk on multiple occasions. Over the years, Moore became more active, serving on the United Ministries Board of Directors for six years, culminating with a year as Chairman. Although no longer on the Board, Moore has remained engaged.
Moore says the walk’s tagline, “Take a Step. Change a Life,” really speaks to him. “I like the fact that United Ministries provides emergency assistance… helping with immediate needs, but also equipping folks to better themselves. United Ministries creates relationships and support systems for people, and helps provide education. They make a real difference in people’s lives and that’s what draws me.”