SECU Foundation Celebrates Dedication of First SECU Habitat Challenge Home
Raleigh, N.C. – The American dream of home ownership came true for a Macon County family on Sunday, November 1st as a dedication ceremony and passing of keys to their Habitat home took place in Franklin, North Carolina. The home is part of the SECU Habitat Challenge announced by SECU Foundation earlier this year in support of Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina’s (HHNC’s) mission to create affordable housing opportunities for families in need. Representatives from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) joined officials from Macon County Habitat, HHNC and community supporters to celebrate the special occasion – one that also marks the first of many Habitat home dedications to come as a result of the Challenge. Credit Union members via the SECU Foundation provided a $10 million investment for HHNC to build one new or renovated Habitat home in each of the state’s 100 counties over the next three years.
Macon County Habitat Executive Director Rick Westerman said, “This project provided Habitat with a wonderful opportunity to form a partnership with State Employees’ Credit Union members and the SECU Foundation to eliminate poverty and substandard housing. We are grateful for their support in helping us keep the momentum growing in all one hundred counties of North Carolina!”
Since 2004, SECU Foundation has fostered relationships and partnered with local non-profits on initiatives to help build or expand housing programs that address community needs. As the Foundation’s largest joint housing initiative to date, the SECU Habitat Challenge will help HHNC and partnering affiliates expand their reach across North Carolina, offering even more families in need the opportunity to own a simple, decent and affordable home.
“The SECU Habitat Challenge embodies the cooperative spirit of helping others,” remarked Joan Maki, Advisory Board member of SECU’s Franklin branch. “Habitat homes are built on hopes and dreams and the hard work of future homeowners, Habitat families and volunteers. SECU members are committed to supporting Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina’s mission and the belief in what can be accomplished when people come together to build a home for someone in need.”
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.