Connecting with the Community
Every day HTC and its employees enrich the lives of thousands of area citizens. In addition to providing financial support to meet community needs, employees offer their time and talents to arts and cultural programs, human service and civic enterprises, our educational institutions, and many other worthwhile causes.
Annual Food Drive
Each year, HTC employees host a food drive to support those in need within our local community. In 2016, employees raised over $7,500 and collected thousands of food items to benefit local food banks and charitable organizations. For the past 15 years, the annual employee food drive is one of the ways HTC gives back to the communities that we serve. As a cooperative, we recognize the power and spirit of working together to help others – especially those less fortunate. The outpouring of support from HTC employees and their willingness to help others in need gives hope to families in need through hot meals, warm coats and toys in the hands of little ones.
Each year, HTC employees participate in various fundraisers for local charities including the United Way and the American Heart Association. HTC offers Dress Down Days where employees may wear jeans on Friday in exchange for a donation to a charity. So if you come by an office on Friday, please excuse our attire, we are dressed down for a good cause. In addition to the fundraising, HTC employees also participate in fundraising events such as the March of Dimes WalkAmerica and the Relay For Life.
Blood Drives for the American Red Cross
HTC holds employee blood drives for the American Red Cross on a regular basis. HTC encourages its employees to give back to the communities it serves. One way HTC serves is through employee blood drives held four times a year.
The blood drive gives HTC employees the opportunity to touch and help save the lives of those in need here in Horry County. HTC is proud of the donations its employees have made over the past several years for The American Red Cross.
Partner in Education
It is with great pride that HTC serves Horry County Schools as a Partner in Education. Through the Partners in Education program with Horry County Schools, HTC can provide valuable and lasting contributions for students, teachers, businesses and the community. Please visit the HTC School website for more information or contact Nicole Hyman at 843-369-8498..
In the spring, HTC hosts its annual REEL Kids program that honors 50 students (one per school) in Horry County Schools. REEL Kids stands for Recognizing Extraordinary Examples of Leadership and recognizes students, K-12, who have proven their leadership abilities through scholastic, athletic, and community achievements in the face of obstacles or extenuating circumstances. Each student is recognized during a Friday segment of RiverTalk on our local access channel program. Click here for the list of 2014 REEL Kids Honorees.
FRS College Scholarship Program
As your telecommunications service provider, it is our pleasure to offer the national FRS College Scholarship Program to the students in our local schools. Should a student from our service area be selected to receive one of the 30 scholarships ($2,000 each), HTC will contribute an additional $500 to the scholarship, bringing the total one-time scholarship award to $2,500. Click here for more information or ask your high school guidance counselor how to apply.
HTC, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union, and 104.9 Bob FM are partnering to offer two scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors within Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County. Click here for more information or ask your high school guidance counselor how to apply. For more information, call 843-369-8498 or 843-443-8553.
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Henry G. McNeill Endowed Scholarship Fund
On July 23, 2007, The Board of Directors of HTC, family members and friends established the Henry G. McNeill Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of Mr. Henry G. McNeill, our beloved president, who passed away Jan. 3, 2007.
The scholarship dedicated to the memory of Mr. McNeill provides funding for students enrolled in the Electronics Engineering Technology Programs of Horry Georgetown Technical College.
McNeill was a long-time supporter of HGTC and served on the Board of Directors for many years. The scholarship was created with the hope that future employees of HTC may benefit.
Candidates must be:
- Enrolled in the Electronics Engineering Technology Programs at HGTC, in any year of study, either full or part-time.
- GPA of 3.0 is required for students already enrolled at HGTC to be eligible for the scholarship.
- Student must maintain full-time residency of Horry and Georgetown counties.
- Student must be a graduate of a high school within Horry and Georgetown counties.
Funds may be used for tuition, books, supplies or other educational expenses; including personal computers. The selection will be made by the College Scholarship Committee with recommendation from the Electronics Engineering Technology Departments. Interested applicants can contact the HGTC Financial Aid Office.
Tours and Classroom Presentations
HTC has prepared numerous presentations to entertain and educate students in the classroom such as 911 Safety, Internet Safety, Careers in Telecommunications, Fiber Optics, Recycling, and the Telecommunications Industry. HTC has also created a library for teachers of books and videos on the telecommunications industry as a great additive to your lesson. Click here for educational resources and more information.
In addition to classroom presentations, we encourage classes to tour the HTC campus to experience hands-on learning of the requirements to provide phone, cable, Internet, and more to their classroom and home. To schedule a tour, contact Nicole Hyman at 843-369-8498.
FRS Youth Tour
Each June, HTC sponsors two high school juniors to be among 100 students to attend the Foundation for Rural Service's Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The tour gives participants a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry and the legislative process by visiting Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other governmental agencies. They also see famous landmarks such as the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Institution, Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, U.S. Capital, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington Cathedral and Supreme Court. In addition, there are fun activities to supplement the tour, including the night tour of the city and lunch at Hard Rock Cafe. Qualified candidates are based on the following requirements:
- Be a high school junior;
- Have at least a C Grade Point Average or above;
- Demonstrate leadership in organizations and interest in community through volunteer activities;
- Write a letter explaining why he or she would like to attend and stating his or her future plans beyond high school;
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher of school official.
- Parents must be an HTC member.
Guidance counselors at each high school must recommend one student to represent their high school by completing an application form.
HTC sends out a bi-monthly newsletter called HTC@school to all teachers, principals and guidance counselors. The educational update from HTC informs and reminds educators of what HTC has to offer the classroom in forms of presentations, tours and as an educational resource. The newsletter is a communication tool that HTC developed in 1999 to help notify teachers as to what HTC has to offer the classroom. By reading the newsletter, teachers and principals have a special link to a qualified educational representative. The educational newsletter was also created to increase the amount of tours and classroom presentations as well as promote our continued commitment to educational achievements and programs.
We also send employee volunteers into the local public and private schools to ensure that young children are exposed to the modern tools of telecommunications, and understand the importance of a good education. In addition, our volunteers teach young children Internet Safety tips and how to use the 9-1-1 emergency response number.
HTC is Eco-Conscious!
HTC takes action to lessen its environmental impact through new and existing initiatives designed to benefit customers and will continue to explore ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
HTC Green Fair
HTC hosts an annual Green Fair every April to celebrate National Earth Day and to promote environmentally-friendly practices. HTC partners with other local environmentally responsible companies such as the Horry County Solid Waste Authority and Santee Cooper to present educational programs and provide information about green initiatives at this special event. HTC invites the community to stop by a designated HTC store to recycle phone books, electronics including cell phones, enroll in paperless billing, and shred sensitive documents on site along with many other free activities.
HTC Awarded Green Plus Membership
HTC was recognized by the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce as a charter member of Green Plus. The Green Plus program was developed by the Institute for Sustainable Development to help organizations access their performance in environmental and community stewardship and create sustainability plans. Sustainability is a global trend and HTC is very excited about enhancing the green initiatives especially developed for the benefit of our customers and our environment.
HTC encourages members to make the switch to paperless billing! Free paperless billing is faster and easier giving you more time to connect with the things in life that matter the most. You’ll save time and enjoy these extra benefits:
- Convenience – View and print up to 18 months of bills online, anytime, anywhere.
- Security – Review and securely pay your bill in seconds online 24/7.
- Peace of Mind – Avoid identity fraud by eliminating paper bills.
- Reminders – Get monthly email alerts when your new bill is ready.
- Simplicity – Avoid clutter in your home.
- Control – Return to paper billing at any time.
- Savings – Save paper and trees plus help conserve the environment by minimizing waste.
Set up is fast, free and easy. Set up paperless billing now.
HTC also encourages members to take the next step and go completely paperless. Make the switch to automatic payments – the ultimate time saver. Make your life a little easier and start enjoying the benefits of automatic payments. You’ll save even more time and enjoy greater benefits:
- Convenience – Your bill is paid automatically and on time, every time.
- Security – Your bill is paid securely and reduces risk for bank and credit card fraud.
- Peace of Mind – Never worry about forgetting to pay or getting a late fee.
- Options – Pay from a checking, savings or credit card account.
- Control – Update your account at any time.
- Savings – Save your checks and stamps.
Set up is fast, free and easy. Set up automatic payment now.
HTC encourages employees to be environmentally responsible by placing recycling bins throughout the organization for paper and plastic waste.