A nationwide pandemic that caused lockdowns, job slowdowns and threw families and communities in an economic tailspin has made 2020 a challenging year for us all. However, for the Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) it was an opportunity for the West Columbia-based non-profit to step up to provide critical services to individuals and communities in need.

“How we respond during a crisis affirms and validates our mission to provide programs and services that improve the lives of residents in counties throughout the Midlands,” said Dr. Cindye Richburg-Cotton, BLEC executive director. The BLEC has received funding from grants, local and regional businesses and corporations, and individual donors. We also generate revenue from renting office space to local businesses. All funds raised by the BLEC are critical to helping us fulfill our mission. We appreciate all of the support we have received, but there is so much more that needs to be done.”

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