SECU initiatives continue to support community


— As part of its commitment to take banking in a different direction through strong community support, SECU is expanding its partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center.

For the fifth consecutive year, SECU, Maryland’s largest credit union, will donate $5 to Points for Pediatrics and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital for every point scored by the University of Maryland Men’s Basketball Team during the Terps’ 2016-17 regular season.

Last year, SECU donated $11,760 to Points for Pediatrics as the Terps scored 2,352 points during the regular season. That donation brought SECU’s four-year total to nearly $45,000.

In addition, SECU donated $5 to the Love Blanket Project for every “like” it received on its Facebook page last month. The Love Blanket Project partners with Deaf Initiatives to make and donate blankets made from unused t-shirts. These blankets are then donated to children and adults at local hospitals, such as the University of Maryland. By the end of the campaign, SECU donated $1,135 to the Love Blanket Project.

SECU also recently raised nearly $45,000 for last fall’s United Way campaign. SECU volunteers participated in United Way’s Annual Fall Day of Action, tutoring kids at Reading Partners Baltimore, serving food to the homeless at Our Daily Bread and My Sister’s Place Women’s Shelter, and throwing a party for disadvantaged children at St. Vincent’s and Villa Maria.

SECU was also involved in the Walk a Mile Experience, an interactive activity in which participants assume the roles of family members living at or near the poverty level and are then challenged with making life decisions while overcoming a lack of resources and navigating a confusing support system. United Way offers this volunteer program to corporations, nonprofit partners, and members of the community as a tool to build awareness and understanding of the poverty-related issues facing our region.

Finally, 49 SECU employees and their family members and friends ran in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The SECU team raised almost $4,000 in support of breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatment programs.

“It was a busy fall for SECU,” says Carmen David Mirabile, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at SECU, “but it is our honor to be involved with so many programs that are doing so much to make a difference in the community in which we live and work.”