Community Benefit Program

Spartanburg Water recognizes that its mission includes not only being a good steward of the District’s resources, but it also includes using those resources for the benefit of the surrounding community. One method that Spartanburg Water may use is Community Benefit Agreements. As such, Spartanburg Water authorizes and approves the use of Community Benefit Agreements. The Chief Executive Officer develops and implements procedures and guidelines for this Community Benefit Policy consistent with this Procurement Policy.

Spartanburg Water is one of just a few organizations in the country utilizing the Community Benefit Program and the only organization in the state of South Carolina. Since being added to the Procurement Policy in 2015, 14 vendors have participated in the Community Benefit Program and contributed their resources to the betterment of the Spartanburg Community. 

Our Community Benefit Program is an initiative that is designed to benefit the community within the Spartanburg Water service area. With their participation in projects for, and contracts with, Spartanburg Water, suppliers are encouraged to participate in community benefit programs. Below are some of the examples of possible community benefit programs:

Workforce Development: This can include on-the-job training, internships, employment opportunities, and the overall needs of the local community when it comes to employment obstacles. 

Economic Development: This can include contracting with local companies, small businesses and hiring local workers. It can also include supporting programs and organizations that develop local businesses and business owners. 

Environmental Programs: This can include supporting programs that promote healthy, livable and sustainable communities such as the creation and maintenance of parks, community gardens and public open spaces as well as the protection and recreational use of rivers and tributaries. This can also include supporting programs that promote the care and preservation of natural resources.

Education: This can include mentoring or tutoring within local school districts, support for scholarship opportunities, or support of programs that provide support and investment in local area schools and education.

Community Pride

Current Programs:

  • Linde Group: monetary donation to JumpStart prison rehabilitation ministry (shown at right, Leroy Bernsten, graduate of the JumpStart program, and William Harrison, director of JumpStart Outside Program Director)
  • Cintas has increased their Employee Contribution to United Way of the Piedmont by 15 percent, benefitting the Community Impact Fund as part of a three year uniform services contract
  • Spartanburg Public Works Department is donating $100 to the Spartanburg Salvation Army as part of their contract with Spartanburg Sewer to provide a camera van
  • Hazen and Sawyer is donating $500 in school supplies each quarter for those studying for their GED or taking English for Speakers of Other Languages classes at the Adult Learning Center (shown below: Jamie Smith, of the Center, and Olivia Flynn of Hazen & Sawyer)
  • Shred Away: planning stage for a Community Shred Day
  • Southern Utility Supply: joined and sustained Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Membership
  • Brown, Caldwell, & Haskell: education session with 5th grade students in District 6
  • Harper Corporation: planning stage of holding a High School Career Day or Shadowing Program-District 7
  • McAbee, Schwartz, & Halliday: monetary donation to Arts Partnership, Walker Foundation, and Charles Lea Center
  • IndSpec Systems: monetary donation to Safe Home Rape Crisis Center
  • Wharton Smith: monetary donation to Hope Center for Children, Upstate Warriors Solution, Mobile Meals, and Charles Lea Center
  • CH2M: volunteer hours at Project Hope Foundation Work Day
  • E.W. Wachs: monetary donation to Red Cross
  • Hulsey, McCormick, & Wallace: monetary donation to Miracle Hill
  • AECOM: in the planning stage for a volunteer opportunity in School District 2

For more information on how your organization can be a part of our Community Benefit Program, contact Remsen Parrish, Purchasing Manager, at rparrish@spartanburgwater.org.