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Waterways News Blast: SERCAP President & CEO Receives NAACP Humanitarian Award

SERCAP Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life for low-income individuals by promoting affordable water and wastewater facilities, community development, environmental health and economic self-sufficiency.

SERCAP President & CEO Receives NAACP Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.'s President & CEO, Hope F. Cupit, for receiving the Humanitarian Award from the NAACP of the Roanoke Valley!

SERCAP Celebrates Drinking Water Week 2023

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP) and partners throughout North America kicked off Drinking Water Week, a decades-long tradition led by the American Water Works Association. Taking place May 7-13 this year, Drinking Water Week is a celebration recognizing the vital role water plays in everyday life for both water professionals and the communities they serve.

SERCAP is observing Drinking Water Week by inviting the public to learn about the how truly vital clean, safe water is in daily life and its role in protecting public health and the environment now and in the future. This year, Drinking Water Week encourages participants to recognize and honor the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock to deliver quality tap water while bolstering resilience for water in the future.

"Access to clean, safe drinking water is vital to our daily health, hygiene and hydration," said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. "Professionals in the water sector work tirelessly to ensure we have affordable access to the high-quality water we need to strengthen our everyday life and broader communities today and in the future."

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water services and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.

About Drinking Water Week

For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

54th Anniversary Water Is Life Celebratory Banquet Photo Album Now Available on Facebook

Thank you again to everyone that made the 54th Anniversary Water Is Life Celebratory Banquet such a special evening! The event photo album is now available on Facebook. Please click here to enjoy the pictures!

SERCAP Housing Department Assists Low-Income Senior Citizen in Floyd County, Virginia

SERCAP’s Housing Department is assisting a low-income elderly woman living in Floyd County, VA, as part of the county’s ongoing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project. In February 2020, SERCAP’s Housing Department was selected as the Housing Rehabilitation Specialists for the Floyd County CDBG Planning Grant, and then the agency was subsequently selected to provide Housing Rehabilitation Specialist services for the construction phase of the grant project. The project was based off initial housing rehabilitation work conducted by the Floyd Initiative for Safe Housing (FISH), and once complete, the $1.2 million+ scattered site housing rehabilitation project will have provided housing rehab services to 15 low-to-moderate income (LMI) households throughout the county.

Following the initial housing inspection for this client, SERCAP’s Rural Housing Specialist determined that the property qualified for a substantial reconstruction (complete demolition of the existing structure and rebuild of the home from the ground up). Due to the client’s low-income status, she could not afford the project cost without causing serious financial hardship. Fortunately, SERCAP and the Floyd County CDBG Project have provided both financial and technical assistance to complete the project. The contract for the project was awarded to Robert Welch Construction, Inc. for the full $135,000.00 project cost. Construction is currently underway, and about 55% complete. Once finished, the client will have an affordable home, with a newly drilled individual household well, that is warm, safe, and dry.

Without SERCAP’s full slate of programs and services, many low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals, families, and rural communities would be forced to go without such necessities as environmentally sound wastewater disposal, reliable access to clean drinking water, indoor plumbing, safe and affordable housing, community development and infrastructure needs, water and wastewater infrastructure solutions, and more. It is important to remember that even in the United States there are those who do not have reliable access to clean, safe drinking water, environmentally sound septic facilities, and affordable housing. In order to help SERCAP continue to provide assistance to both the individuals and communities in need, please consider making a donation to by clicking here.

*SERCAP’s Housing Programs are primarily made possible by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation Flex (IPR-Flex) Program, by County Funds (Budget Appropriations) from counties across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and by Program Income Funds from the IPR Program. Virginia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is funded by DHCD. Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs in Virginia are leveraged by support from a Virginia Budget Appropriation, granted by the Virginia General Assembly and administered by DHCD.

Congratulations to the SERCAP Water Is Life Art Contest Winners from Maryland

Every year, SERCAP hosts an Art Contest in each state of our seven-state service region for elementary school students. Students submit a drawing or other artwork representing the theme Water Is Life, illustrating how and why water is essential for life.

This week we are highlighting the winners from Maryland!

1st Place - Art by Julia Granados

2nd Place - Art by Bella DiCanio

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