In the midst of the Christmas Season, we are thankful for the chance to serve our communities throughout the year as part of our 2016 Community Service Initiative!
Throughout 2016, our branch offices have taken time to serve their communities as a part of a Carolina Farm Credit initative implemented by Carolina Farm Credit's Community Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Each branch location is given the chance to participate in community service projects.
Our Rural Hall Branch spent time building raised beds for Rural Hall Elementary School. They purchased building materials, potting soil and plants were donated by Mitchell's Nursery and Greenhouse. They built two beds, one at wheelchair height!
Our Asheboro Staff bought supplies and food and delivered them to Hurricane Matthew victims. “Being able to help people in need makes you appreciate just how fortunate you are, our staff was able to make a difference in the lives of the hurricane Matthew victims, and we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to help.” Peggy Gillispie, Branch Office Coordinator, Carolina Farm Credit.
Our Asheville Branch Office volunteered at the home of Royce Canty and family. The staff worked in conjunction with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to make improvements to the family's home. “The Canty family was very appreciative of all the work we accomplished in one afternoon. Royce Canty isn’t able to do these things around the house due to his illness and our volunteers helped him to provide a safe and private backyard for his kids and pet to play in and a facelift to his house by repainting the shutters.” Said Kate Burger, Branch Office Coordinator, Asheville Branch.
The Lenoir Soup Kitchen recently got a visit from our Lenoir Branch Staff. They volunteered and presented the Soup Kitchen with a check for $500. “Our volunteer time spent at the Lenoir Soup Kitchen was a bittersweet experience. It is rewarding to be able to make people happy by just offering them a warm meal and a place to sit and enjoy that meal. But, at the same time, it is sad to realize that there are so many hungry people right in our backyard. This was an eye opening experience for us and we hope to be able to continue offering our time to the kitchen as our schedules permit.” Jaymee Smith, Branch Office Coordinator, Carolina Farm Credit.
The staff in our Wilkesboro Branch Office spent time at the Ebenezer Christian Children's Home building a new sandbox! The sandbox was built outside of the Faith House which houses up to eight boys. “Supporting our rural communities has been a part of Farm Credit since the very beginning, and projects like this are just another example of how Carolina Farm Credit gives back to the communities in which we work and live.” Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit.
Our Boone Branch Office spent time at the Hospitality House winterizing a chicken coop and creating a water catchment system for their community garden. The Hospitality House works to feed and house local lower-income residents of the High Country.
Our branch office in Concord purchased materials and help the Central Cabarrus High School FFA improve the school's landscaping and greenhouses. They also bought school supplies to be used in the classroom.
The Sparta Branch Staff volunteered at at the Free Worship Christian Daycare, a non-profit daycare. They purchased and constructed playground equipment to be used at the daycare.
Our Yanceyville Branch Office volunteered at the Caswell County Special Olympics and donated $500 for the purchase of t-shirts for participants.
Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home had a new swing, bird bath and plants installed by the Murphy Branch Staff. The project was chosen in hopes that the improved landscaping will provide the residents with a place to host outdoor activities and events.
The Brown Summit Branch Office spent time at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore constructing 18 bookshelves and 16 benches.
The Statesville Branch Staff spent time volunteering with Shepard's Watch. Supplies for a swingset were purchased and then constructed by employees for youth attending the camp. The mission of The Shepard's Watch is to instill hope and equip youth with life skills, career readiness and leadership opportunities through Christian-based residential and day programs.
The Carolina Farm Credit Waynesville Branch Office spent time volunteering with the Haywood County Habitat for Humanity. Supplies were purchased and employees assisted in building two storage buildings for two future homeowners in the Walton Woods Community.
2016 has been a great year, and it has been made better by serving our friends and neighbors!
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