Maryland’s largest credit union – has launched four programs aimed at helping individuals, organizations, businesses, and places of worship impacted by the recent acts of violence in Baltimore City.
SECU is holding a Household Supply Drive to benefit families affected by the Baltimore riots. Household items – including cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dishtowels, paper products (toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, and napkins), hand soap, and sponges – can be dropped off until May 15 at any SECU branch statewide.
“Those donations will be delivered to families in need,” says SECU President & CEO Rod Staatz, “but that’s just the beginning of our commitment. We will also be reaching out to various organizations to see where we can expand our financial education and personal responsibility efforts.”
According to Staatz, SECU will also be offering low-interest SECU loans, called the One Baltimore Loan Program, to SECU members who experienced a loss of work, damage to personal or business property, or other hardship due to the recent events in Baltimore City.
Available from May 15 through June 30, these loans will be offered at a highly discounted rate to individuals who live or work in Baltimore City. Loan applications, which must be submitted at a SECU branch (not online or through the call center), can be for up to $10,000.
To encourage members to support and visit Baltimore City and its attractions, SECU is also offering five times the points or 5 percent cash back to anyone using a qualified SECU credit card at city museums, theaters, and sports venues, including the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery, Baltimore Museum of Art, American Visionary Art Museum, B&O Railroad Museum, Walters Art Museum, and Baltimore Orioles, to name a few.
“Through our Love BMore promotion, we are encouraging our members to support the people and places of Baltimore from Memorial Day through June 30 by using their SECU Rewards, SECU Visa Signature®, SECU Cash-Back, or SECU Aspire credit cards,” explains Staatz.
Finally, SECU is encouraging its employees and members to contribute to the Maryland Unites Fund. Established by the United Way of Central Maryland in conjunction with the State of Maryland, the Maryland Unites Fund provides for 100 percent of all donations to go toward humanitarian relief and emergency support for nonprofits in affected Baltimore City neighborhoods.
“We know that Baltimore is a strong and generous city and we will recover,” says Staatz. “SECU will continue to support our members and our city not only during this tumultuous time, but in building strong communities going forward.”