Pictured left to right: Kaitlyn Ruseell, Alicia Nelson, and Jason Dubose
We love to highlight our #volunteers because we know how special they truly are. For the past year, Sumter Utilities, Inc. has shown their dedication to Sumter Habitat for Humanity and the greater Sumter community by their continuous volunteer efforts. Every month, Sumter Utilities employees volunteer on the construction site to help build affordable homes in deserving families. There are many other significant causes they could’ve devoted their resources to, yet they consistently choose volunteering with Sumter Habitat for Humanity, and for that we are thankful. We appreciate you and all you do for us and our partner families! We spoke with Kaitlyn Russell, an HR Specialist at Sumter Utilities, and Jason Dubose, Director of Human Resources, at Sumter Utilities who told us #WhyTheyServe!
Where was Sumter Utilities, Inc. founded:
Right here in Sumter, SC! They have been in business for more than 75 years!
Volunteer as:: Construction
Tell us a little about Sumter Utilities:
Sumter Utilities is a construction company. They serve as the power contractor of choice for investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives, and municipalities. They deliver high-quality electrical construction services, products and total electrical systems integration, including construction, maintenance and modification of: transmission lines, distribution lines, substations, and solar power cell fields.
How many Habitat homes has Sumter Utilities worked on so far?
Sumter Utilities was very fortunate to have worked on the 2018 Veteran Build. They started volunteering with Sumter Habitat for Humanity when the construction of that home first began and was able to see it all the way through, so it holds a special place in their hearts. They also have been working on the 2019 Collegiate Challenge home with what first began as providing lunch for more than 60 hardworking college students and overtime transformed into volunteering manual labor. That home is currently still under construction and Sumter Utilities plans to help Sumter Habitat complete the build.
What does HOME mean to you?
For Kaitlyn and Jason, home means family. Planting roots for your family is a crucial step in creating a sense of home. As a child, Jason was an Air Force brat, so he moved around a lot, so being able to help build a foundation for a deserving family means the world to him.
How did Sumter Utilities, Inc. become involved with Habitat for Humanity?
Derek O’Bradovich, President of Sumter Utilities, Inc. saw partnering with Sumter Habitat for Humanity as a great opportunity to give back to the community on a greater scale. He not only provides aid to Sumter Habitat in the financial aspect, but he also volunteers on the worksite himself alongside his fellow employees and Sumter Habitat partner families. Sumter Habitat and Sumter Utilities both work in the construction sector, so it just makes sense!
Why Habitat for Humanity? (What keeps you coming back?)
Both Kaitlyn and Jason notes that the partner families are the driving force that draws them back to the construction site every month. Seeing the future homeowners work so diligently towards homeownership pushes Sumter Utilities employees to work harder to match their energy. From their constant attendance on the worksite, Jason and Kaitlyn have built friendships with the Sumter Habitat staff, partner families, as well as other volunteers. It truly warms their hearts to see the progress of the homes each time they go out to volunteer.
What is it like to be a volunteer for Sumter Habitat for Humanity? Any advice for those looking to volunteer?
Just do it! Volunteering with Sumter Habitat for Humanity is certainly rewarding if nothing else! Although the focus is to give back to the community, Sumter Utilities employees always leave with a sense of pride and accomplishment; knowing that they were able to create positive change by helping build a better future for someone else makes them feel like they’re doing something right. Additionally, you learn A LOT! Although Sumter Utilities, Inc. is a construction business, building a home is a bit different from their line of work; they constantly face challenges that push them to finish the tasks at hand. Working on the “bones” of a house really teaches you to appreciate all the hard work that goes into it.
Are you looking to #giveback by #volunteering? Sign up today!