Groundbreaking held for SECU dormitory at NC FFA Center in Bladen County
RALEIGH, NC (August 6, 2018) — A groundbreaking was held Wednesday afternoon marking the beginning of a new 72-bed dormitory being built at the North Carolina Future Farmers of America (NC FFA) Center in White Lake. With the support of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members, SECU Foundation provided a $400,000 grant to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. for the facility’s construction. The SECU Dormitory will create additional female housing space and will also allow FFA to grow and expand their programming year-round.
Cynthia Jolly, SECU Foundation Board Chair, spoke during the event and noted, “Future Farmers of America is a wonderful youth organization that helps prepare students for success in a broad range of agricultural careers. As long-time advocates of education, SECU members recognize the tremendous benefits and positive impact FFA’s educational programs and services are making for North Carolina’s young citizens. We are proud to provide funding for the SECU Dormitory to help further support the successful work being accomplished through the Center.”
Roughly 1,300 campers visit the NC FFA Center each summer, and the new accommodations will support 1,800 campers once the SECU Dormitory is complete. The extra housing and enhanced level of services will help reduce crowding, improve the living environment, and ultimately increase the number of well-trained student leaders in North Carolina’s school systems and communities. There are more than 20,000 NC FFA members in 263 chapters, and the organization has roughly 319 FFA programs in middle schools and high schools statewide.
“We are excited to receive this gift from the SECU Foundation,” said Gerald Barlowe, State Agricultural Education Leader at the NC FFA Association. “It’s an important gift – an investment in the future of our organization and its members, allowing us to expand our capacity for female FFA members to attend our camps and leadership training. The enclosed, heated and air- conditioned SECU Dormitory will also give us the opportunity to utilize camp services beyond the summer for additional activities throughout the year. Thank you for this gift that will truly impact the lives of our current and future members.”
About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, and federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 85 years. SECU is the second largest credit union in the United States with $50 billion in assets. It serves over 2.7 million members through 274 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, Member Services Support via phone, www.ncsecu.org, and a Mobile App. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded 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. Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of over $235 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.
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