For Russ Rice, answering the question, “Why do you come to work each day?” is easy. “People are the most important thing,” he says, “and when you’re lucky enough to find a job that lets you help people in significant ways, then you get to live out the old adage of ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’” Russ joined the SERCAP team in 2002 as a grant writer, transitioned to Director of Regional Programs, and has been the Director of Planning & Development since 2011.
Ricky Crews is not a man you’d find paper-pushing at a desk. He’s a tradesman, and proud of it, deservedly so. For decades he’s worked in public service positions, from utilities to law enforcement and back again. He’s an amazing SERCAP employee, with an incredible resume and a heart for service.
SERCAP exists to serve. Yes, in a very literal sense, we provide resources to our clients, but in a broader sense, we are here to support communities and individuals. This eye towards advocacy on behalf of those without a basic necessity is what sets SERCAP apart, and what makes our mission so special. We look for employees who reflect our same sense of duty: Jean Holloway is a great example.
Did you know that Americans in some parts of the country still don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water? This may come as a shock. Some of us often take clean water for granted, not realizing that for others this is a harsh reality. At SERCAP, we are working to change that. We believe everyone has a right to safe drinking water.
At SERCAP, our team has dedicated decades to educating communities about the water and wastewater problems facing rural communities. One issue that could impact regional water systems is the rising sea levels. Communities affected by this are not only ones located along the coast, but inland regions as well.
Winter sure can be wonderful! When a home is healthy, cold temperatures can lead to cozy moments. Conversely, when homes aren’t structurally sound, or have maintenance issues during the winter months, it can negatively impact the safety and wellbeing of families.
After many years of work, one failed referendum and 100’s of hours put in by volunteers and SERCAP staff, the Ellendale community faced a referendum on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ellendale Civic and Community Improvement Association (ECCIA) worked diligently to distribute flyers – “VOTE YES on November 4” – putting out over 40 yard signs, making individual phone calls, and trying to call attention to the critical nature of this referendum. Members of the group also offered rides to the polls for anyone without transportation, and rides to the county seat of Georgetown for absentee voting, if they were unable to get to one of the two polling places on November 4, 2017.
Here at SERCAP we are champions for rural America. With natural beauty, lush mountains, and abundant farmland, it’s no surprise that many of us choose to call these places home. In addition to the natural beauty, rural America forms the backbone of our nation’s economy. From raw materials to agricultural production, this land quite literally feeds and clothes us.
On October 11, 2017, Inside Philanthropy published an article entitled, "Water Systems Are in Crisis. How Can Funders Help?" The Executive Director of the National Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Nathan Ohle, penned the following response to the article.
SERCAP joined forces with Tri-County Community Action Agency, in Virginia, and hosted community workshops. These workshops were designed to educate and support individuals with failing septic systems or no treatment systems at all, to improve the water quality in this impaired waterway. In total, this workshop served 75 unique residences. This is a great example of how our team supports communities and individuals with our water, wastewater and community development services.
Did you know 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water but only 4% of that water is fresh? Or how about that 60% of the adult human body is made up of water? It’s pretty clear that water truly is life. We need it to sustain our communities and people need it to survive. Yet, there are still homes across the United States that have incomplete indoor plumbing. It is hard for some to believe that this is a reality for others, as the natural resource of water is something we come to expect and often take for granted.