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FAHFH Hosts Bladen County Groundbreaking to Kickoff First Phase of SECU Challenge

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August 1, 2016

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Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity Hosts Bladen County Groundbreaking to Kickoff First Phase of SECU Challenge

Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) will kick off the construction of a home in Bladen County with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 12. The Bladen County home marks the first phase of FAHFH’s commitment to build one additional home in both Bladen and Sampson counties thanks to funds from the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation.

The SECU Foundation and Habitat for Humanity® of North Carolina (HHNC) have signed a formal Memorandum of Agreement for a joint initiative to expand affordable housing across North Carolina–the SECU Habitat Mountains to the Sea Challenge. SECU Foundation’s Challenge will provide a significant investment of $10 million over a three year period for HHNC to build one new (or thoroughly renovated) home in each of NC’s 100 counties.

“With the SECU Foundation’s pledge of up to $10 million in grants and financing, Habitat has an opportunity to build in both the 75 counties that we are already serving and also in the 25 counties that lie outside the service area of any one affiliate,” said Greg Kirkpatrick, executive director of HHNC.

“FAHFH is ready to take on the challenge and expand our service area to our county neighbors who are in need of affordable housing,” said Tammy Laurence, executive director of FAHFH. “County lines should not keep families from coming to us to help them fulfill their dream of homeownership.”

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at 701 West King Street in Elizabethtown at 10 AM on Friday, August 12. Attendees will include Bladen County officials, Elizabethtown city officials, SECU foundation directors, faith community representatives, and Habitat staff.

About Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Incorporated in 1988, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation and is a designated 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit fayettevillenchabitat.org.

About SECU and the SECU Foundation

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 78 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trust and estate planning services, and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves 2 million members through 254 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org. The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.