The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte received a $220,000 donation from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) and the SECU Foundation to help local residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The gift is part of a $2 million donation to help deliver basic services like food, shelter, or emergency financial assistance through Salvation Army locations across North Carolina. The donations are part of a joint commitment by SECU and the SECU Foundation to provide up to $10 million for COVID-19 disaster relief efforts.
“We are grateful for this generous gift from SECU and SECU Foundation,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “So many people in our community have been impacted deeply by the pandemic. This gift will ensure we can impact the lives of many people in our community during this desperate time.”
Since the pandemic began, requests for assistance from The Salvation Army have risen sharply. Currently, The Salvation Army is meeting the needs of the community by serving our most vulnerable populations. The Salvation Army, with the help of its partners, have safely moved families experiencing homelessness out of its Center of Hope shelter into local motels in order to properly practice social distancing. At the Center of Hope, Salvation Army staff is committed to delivering its regular services to single women experiencing homelessness, continuing the critical processes of safely moving people out of homelessness and into permanent housing. The Salvation Army is also preparing to reopen its Boys & Girls Club sites, while practicing new COVID-19 safety measures. While the Clubs have been closed, staff have been connecting with members through its new Club Connect website and offering a virtual Club experience to help students during this time.
“The Salvation Army lives its commitment to helping care for the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” remarked Jo Anne Sanford, SECU Foundation Board Chair. “Their staff and dedicated volunteers are focusing additional efforts to serve those in need during this difficult time. We are happy to provide our support and we applaud the ongoing efforts to make a crucial difference in the lives of people and communities in our state.”
“SECU and the SECU Foundation wanted to find a way to assist that would provide the greatest impact – leverage our resources with matching donations was a great solution,” commented Bob Brinson, Board Chair of SECU. “Thousands of people are struggling from loss of wages, health issues, and many other challenges as a result of the pandemic. The Salvation Army’s strong leadership and partnerships with North Carolina organizations who have experience and ability to act quickly will offer welcome relief and hope during a time of great need.”