At SECU, we’re proud to call Maryland home. We are committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of our neighbors in the communities where we live and work. By fully embracing the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People," we’re here to help our state thrive.
Being a part of a community means helping when and where you can. SECU supports Maryland communities through a variety of initiatives and programs that bring SECU employees, members, and neighbors together as a force for good.
Our community partners often serve as a lifeline for people in need, but they can’t do it alone. From food and school supply drives to holiday giving programs, SECU employees and members come together throughout the year with a common goal of collecting donations and raising funds to support our partners with additional financial resources and supplies.
How to Get Involved
Community Food Drive
May 3 – 21
Maryland is home to nearly 1.5 million people who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Join SECU to support those in need in our communities by donating to our Food Drive, taking place May 3 – 21. We are collecting non-perishable food in all SECU Financial Centers (find a location) to support the Maryland Food Bank.
In honor of SECU’s 70th Anniversary, we set a goal to collect 700 pounds of food to help feed our Maryland neighbors. Here are some suggested items to help us reach our goal:
- Canned meats
- Peanut butter, nuts, and seeds
- Oatmeal and breakfast cereal
- Canned stews, soups, beans, vegetables, and fruits
- Macaroni and cheese
- Pasta, rice, and rice cakes
Together we can fight hunger in our Maryland communities. Join us by bringing in your donation. Learn more about hunger in Maryland by visiting the Maryland Food Bank website.
SECU MD Foundation
SECU has a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. To help grow our community outreach initiatives, SECU launched the SECU MD Foundation in May 2017.
The SECU MD Foundation's mission is to create a stronger Maryland by empowering access to education, supporting health and wellness, and serving as a catalyst for community development. To support this mission, the Foundation oversees an annual Scholarship Program, runs Finance Fairs in local schools, and offers Grant Programs.
2021 SECU MD Foundation Scholarship Application Now Open
Through our Scholarship Program, the SECU MD Foundation is proud to support the next generation of professionals pursuing their higher education dreams. To celebrate the program’s 15 year anniversary, we are awarding $115,000 in scholarships to members attending a 2 or 4-year college, university, trade, or technical school for the fall 2021 semester.
Applications are now open through April 30, 2021. Learn more about the 2021 Scholarship Program including how to apply here.
The CU Foundation of MD & DC is also offering scholarships to credit union members and applications are now live through March 31, 2021. Please visit their website here to learn more about this opportunity.
How to Get Involved
If you plan on doing any holiday shopping online this year, don’t forget that you can give back while you shop by taking advantage of programs like AmazonSmile!
Employee Volunteer Program
When we come together as a team to serve our community, there's no limit to the impact we can make. SECU employees can take up to 12 hours per quarter to volunteer in the community. While opportunities look slightly different in our current environment, SECU employees have come together over the years to volunteer at food banks, participate in the annual Days of Action, and teach students about financial wellness.