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SECU partners with United Way of Central Maryland as a sponsor of its interactive ‘Walk a Mile’ Experience

LINTHICUM, MD (March 16, 2016) – SECU, Maryland’s largest credit union, is pleased to announce a new partnership with United Way of Central Maryland as a sponsor for the nonprofit’s groundbreaking Walk a Mile Experience – an interactive activity that illustrates the struggles of living in poverty in an impactful and personal way.

During the Walk a Mile Experience, 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 an education tool that builds awareness and understanding of the poverty-related issues facing our region.

“Walk a Mile is designed to illustrate the struggles that thousands of families in our region deal with every day. Participants foster self-awareness, empathy, and a greater sense of caring and concern for the community,” says Mark Furst, President and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “We are so grateful to partners like SECU, which not only support the program, but help us demonstrate that resources like financial education are critical to leading a self-sufficient life.”

“Walk a Mile provides a symbolic experience that really drives home what it means to constantly struggle to make ends meet,” explains Rod Flowers, Vice President of Human Resources Development at SECU and board member at United Way of Central Maryland.

“It is our mission to help our members achieve their financial goals and dreams, and we understand that this begins with educational and social factors,” Flowers adds. “If our employees better understand the issues Marylanders face on a daily basis, we will be in a better position to improve Maryland communities as a whole.”

In celebration of the partnership, SECU is also making the Walk a Mile Experience available to its senior leadership and management team, with the plan to make the experience available to all employees this year.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Walk a Mile Experience is open to corporations and organizations throughout central Maryland. For additional information about this awareness-building activity, contact Elizabeth Devereux at United Way, elizabeth.devereux@uwcm.org or visit www.uwcm.org.

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About SECU
Founded in Baltimore in 1951, SECU is Maryland’s largest credit union. SECU is ranked among the top 50 credit unions for total assets in the U.S, which total $2.8 billion, as of December 2015. Headquartered in Linthicum, MD, SECU has 23 branches and 100+ ATMs throughout Maryland. SECU also provides access to thousands of free ATMs through the CO-OP and Allpoint networks. For more information about SECU, visit www.secumd.org.

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: quality education, safe and affordable housing, and access to healthy food and health care. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and health care. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

SECU partners with United Way of Central Maryland as a sponsor of its interactive ‘Walk a Mile’ Experience