October 28, 2015
An associate’s photo of flooding in South Carolina earlier this month. The Southeastern Grocers We Care fund assisted South Carolina associates who suffered property losses in the flooding that resulted from 2 feet of rain in some areas.

A history-making heavy storm spawned by Hurricane Joaquin poured as much as 2 feet of rain on South Carolina early this month, wreaking havoc and causing massive flooding in Charleston, Columbia and many other areas within the state.

Dams were breeched, roads and bridges washed away, and homes and businesses were left in standing water, but thanks to the partnership of our BI-LO Human Resources and store leadership, 16 impacted associates were identified and encouraged to apply for assistance through We Care.

Southeastern Grocers’ We Care fund has pledged to provide assistance to all associates who were affected by the floods, said Southeastern Grocers Human Resources Coordinator Denise Burgohy-Gilmore, who manages We Care.

“With the help of We Care, we were able to help associates with some of the recovery process,” she said.

Since its inception, the fund has helped associates in times of need and has provided emergency assistance to more than 2,000 associates. Associate funding has helped to make this assistance possible – We Care receives support from recurring associate donations and one-time contributions.

“It’s easy to give to We Care. Every penny counts. Even if you give 50 cents a paycheck, those contributions help in natural disasters and other times of need. We want to thank our associates who contribute because they are the ones who make the difference.” Burgohy-Gilmore said.

For more information about We Care and to make a one-time contribution or a donation with each pay cycle, see the company portal for more information. Please send questions about We Care to WeCare@segrocers.com.

Property damage as a result of the flood in South Carolina was widespread. Following are photos from the Columbia and Charleston areas as posted to Twitter.

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