COVID-19 Disaster Relief

Approved by Board of Directors: April 2020, May 2020, July 2020, and December 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SECU Foundation and State Employees’ Credit Union committed up to $10 million to assist with COVID-19 disaster relief and recovery efforts across North Carolina. The combined funding – $5 million each from the Foundation and the Credit Union – will support multiple non-profit organizations to meet basic food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance needs statewide through multiple phases of funding.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 funding helped to deliver emergency services, secure needed supplies to provide food to those facing hunger, and assisted front line medical providers and others to carry out their missions in helping the most vulnerable North Carolinians during the pandemic crisis.

Projects Supported by Our COVID-19 Disaster Relief Funding for Phase 1 and 2 Include:

Phase 3 provided $3.05 million to assist established SECU Foundation grantees with their continuing efforts to sustain communities by providing essential resources and ongoing support during the pandemic. The public charities included in Phase 3 are:

  • Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM)
  • ABC of NC
  • Advance Community Health
  • ARCA
  • Carteret County Domestic Violence Program – SAFE Shelter
  • Children’s Center of Northwest NC
  • Family House at UNC Hospitals (Chapel Hill)
  • Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington)
  • Family House on Reynolds Campus in Winston-Salem
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Freedom Life
  • Good Shepherd
  • Harbor House
  • Hope Station
  • Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC (Chatham Co)
  • Crystal Coast Hospice House
  • Hospice House at Kitty Askins
  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice (Hospice House of Brunswick)
  • Mountain Valley Hospice in Surry County
  • Hospice Care Center of Yadkin
  • Transitions LifeCare (Hospice of Wake)
  • Trellis Supportive Care (SECU Care Center Winston-Salem)
  • Hospice House Foundation of WNC
  • Inter-Faith Council
  • Masonic Home for Children at Oxford
  • MemoryCare
  • Monarch
  • NC Agricultural Foundation (4-H Learning Center)
  • NC FFA Center
  • Onslow Community Outreach
  • Samaritan Colony
  • St. Gerard House
  • The Shepherd's House
  • Veterans Life Center

Phase 4 funding continued SECU Foundation efforts to help mitigate the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19 on non-profits that deliver vital services to North Carolinians. A $250,000 grant was awarded to Hospice and Home Care Foundation of NC to help establish a program to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) in bulk for distribution to home health agencies across the State. An additional $500,000 grant was provided to Meals on Wheels of North Carolina to support the increasing request for food and food deliveries to over 43,000 homebound senior adults through a network of programs in all 100 NC counties. In addition, the North Carolina Community Foundation was awarded a $2 million capital grant and a $1 million challenge grant to support the NC Healing Communities Fund which will support non-profits across North Carolina that are meeting community needs which have emerged or increased as a result of the pandemic.

Projects Supported By COVID-19 Disaster Relief for Phase 4:

As COVID-19 cases continued to escalate during the 2020 holiday season, SECU Foundation awarded Salvation Army of the Carolinas an additional $1 million for pandemic relief efforts. The Salvation Army has been serving in the Carolinas since 1887 providing food, shelter, and emergency financial aid support to communities across North Carolina. During this same time, the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) made a $1 million donation to Feeding the Carolinas to help the nonprofit consortium of food banks combat food insecurity among North Carolinians.

Through this 5th Phase of COVID-19 Disaster Relief funding, SECU Foundation and SECU collectively have provided over $16 million in funding to non-profits delivering essential services to North Carolinians across the state.