SMECO raises $55,000 for Center for Children

From left: Sonja M. Cox, SMECO president and CEO; Catherine L. Meyers, LCPC, Center for Children executive director; and Natalie Cotton, SMECO’s government affairs and community relations director.

SMECO employees held a fund-raising event and donated $55,000 to the Center for Children. “Children are a vulnerable population and helping families establish safe and healthy homes is crucial to the well-being of the community and society as a whole. We selected the Center for Children as this year’s fundraising recipient because it provides a wide range of resources to support and nurture the protection of children locally,” said Natalie Cotton, SMECO’s government affairs and community relations director.

Our employees and vendors go the extra mile to support local organizations, and we’re proud to be able to make such a significant contribution to the Center for Children. Protecting the youngest members of our community and ensuring that parents and guardians have the resources they need to raise healthy, happy children is a fundamental need. 

“Thanks to this contribution, there will be children whose families no longer have to worry about the cost of treatment after already experiencing a traumatic incident. SMECO has, in so many ways, been a partner to the center since we opened thirty-four years ago,” said Catherine L. Meyers, LCPC, executive director for the Center for Children, Inc. “Thank you to SMECO and their vendors for helping our children and families continue to get the treatment services they need. SMECO not only lights up our homes and businesses, but this donation will light up the lives of children and families in Southern Maryland.”

SMECO employees raised the money through the Annual Charity Golf Outing in September. The event is supported by SMECO vendors, the cooperative’s board and executive team, and employees who volunteer.

The cooperative selects different organizations each year to benefit from its fundraising events. Contributions, which may be tax deductible, can be made to the SMECO Charitable Foundation at

Special thanks to this year’s top sponsors for contributing $5,000 each for the SMECO Golf Tournament. Above: AUI Power. Below: SMC Infrastructure Solutions and Utility Lines Construction Services (ULCS).