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SERCAP's Facilities Development Grant Program Assists Town of Newsoms in Southampton County, Virginia!

Recently, SERCAP awarded a small Facilities Development Grant to the Town of Newsoms in Southampton County, VA, to assist with storm water drainage. In the past, the Town has experienced challenges with storm water drainage, and earlier this year, discovered that a 100 ft. section of a 15” fall ditch culvert pipe had collapsed. The collapsed pipe heightens the Town’s storm water drainage challenges and directly impacts 17 households located along the fall ditch.

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State Series: North Carolina - Regional Program Delivers Solid Waste Training Program in Ashe County, NC!

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In 2018, SERCAP’s Regional Program in North Carolina delivered on-site training to Solid Waste Recycling Center employees in Ashe County, NC. Ashe County is a small county in the northwest corner of NC, and has a population of approximately 27,000 residents. The County has its own Sub-title “D” lined Landfill, and its own manned recycling centers. The County employs 22 part-time workers to run these Solid Waste facilities, though many are of retirement age. The existing landfill facility has approximately five more years of capacity, and the County hopes to expand it on the existing property.

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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Senior Citizen in Buckingham County, VA!

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Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department was able to assist an elderly gentleman in Buckingham County, VA, to replace the heater in his home. The client has lived in his home for 31 years, and recently began experiencing some difficulties with his heater. He reported that his old gas heater was difficult to light and it would not remain on, causing him to periodically lose heat. However, due to being low-income he could not afford to replace the heater on his own, without experiencing financial hardship.

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Meet Tony Dvorak

Tony Dvorak

If you’re in need of both technical assistance for your water plant and personal fitness training, we’ve got just the guy! Meet Anthony “Tony” Dvorak!

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SERCAP's Regional Program Once Again Assists Communities Across the Commonwealth of Virginia with Annual Water Quality Reports!

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As previously reported, each year Community Water Systems across the Commonwealth of Virginia are required to complete and distribute a Water Quality Report, or Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which provides utility customers with information about their drinking water. The federally mandated reports contain information, including: 1) source of the utility’s water, and the type of treatment it receives, if any, 2) results of all required chemical analysis, including lead and copper results, and an explanation of them, including their probable sources and potential health effects, if any, 3) violations, if any, of state or federal waterworks regulations, and what has been done to address them, 4) reporting of any unregulated contaminant monitoring, 5) a cross-connection control survey, 6) information regarding source water protections and tips for conserving water, and 7) contact information for the system’s owner/operator.

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SERCAP Turns 50: On April 25, 2019 SERCAP Will Celebrate 50 Years of Service to Rural Communities and Low-income Individuals!

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In 2019, SERCAP turns 50 and will celebrate 50 years of providing training, technical, and financial assistance to rural communities and low-income individuals for water, wastewater, housing, and community development needs throughout the Southeast United States. As SERCAP approaches this landmark anniversary, the organization is looking to increase both its presence and its impact across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Southeast United States. Now, more than ever, SERCAP is seeing a great need for services as water and wastewater infrastructure systems continue to age, and water/wastewater operators reach the age of retirement without an adequate crop of newly trained operators to take their places, especially at rural water/wastewater systems.

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SERCAP's VFC Alternative Break Program Gears Up for Spring Break Week 2019!

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As March 2019 rapidly approaches, SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program is gearing up for Spring Break Week 2019! Thus far, SERCAP has confirmed that approximately 347 to 372 students from 12+ Colleges and Universities, including: College of the Holy Cross, East Carolina University, Indiana State University, Michigan State University, Penn State, Rochester Institute of Technoloty, Rutgers University, Southern New Hampshire University, St. Joseph’s University, University of Delaware, Virginia Military Institue, and Wake Tech Community College, will be participating in this year’s Spring Break Week of Service.

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SERCAP Continues Assistance to Long-term Project in Hobson's Upper Village in the City of Suffolk, VA!

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After years of struggle, approximately 28 low-to-moderate income homeowners of the Hobson community’s Upper Village, located in the City of Suffolk, VA, will be able to connect to the City’s public water system, thanks to substantial grant assistance from SERCAP. As previously stated in an update from January 1, 2018, SERCAP has been working with the residents of Hobson’s Upper Village, over the course of several years, in order to help them gain reliable access to clean, safe drinking water by fully restoring stable water service to the community. The Hobson Artesian Well Association, which provided water for the community for years, has struggled for some time with issues related to capacity and compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations.

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SERCAP Staff Provide Valuable Insight to Equitable Economies Panel Discussion at VA Tech's Advancing the Human Condition Symposium!

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On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, SERCAP’s Virginia State Manager participated in the Equitable Economies Panel Discussion, as an invited Panelist, at the 2nd Annual Advancing the Human Condition Symposium at Virginia Tech. The Equitable Economies Panel focused primarily on Water/Wastewater Infrastructure both in the United States and abroad, covering specific topics, including: contamination, aging and failing infrastructure, accessibility issues, disaster recovery of infrastructure systems, and the link between access to water/wastewater facilities and poverty.

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State Series: Delaware - An Update on the Fight to Bring Quality Water to the Community of Ellendale in Sussex County, DE!

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In the States Series, SERCAP is highlighting recent projects and the work the agency is doing in each state in its service region.

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SERCAP's VFC Alternative Break Program Sends First Student Volunteers to Alleghany Mountain Institute in Augusta County, VA!

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SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program is a community service program which partners with Colleges/Universities and Community Host Sites to match civic-minded Student Volunteers with engaging service-learning opportunities during traditional school breaks. This program year, during their Fall Break in October 2018, students from Emory & Henry College travelled north to Fishersville in Augusta County, VA, to team-up with the Alleghany Mountain Institute (AMI) in order to immerse themselves in a truly grass-roots service-learning experience.

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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Two Low-Income Households as Part of CDBG Project in the City of Emporia, VA!

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Currently, SERCAP is providing Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Services to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Construction Improvement Grant (CIG) Project for the East Atlantic Street Neighborhood in the City of Emporia, VA. SERCAP was selected as the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the project in late 2016, and has been diligently working to complete the rehabilitation of 16 investor-owned housing units and two owner-occupied housing units for the past two+ years.

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SERCAP's VFC Alternative Break Program Teams-up with Lick Run Farm and the Rescue Mission in Roanoke, VA!

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SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program is a service program which partners with Colleges/Universities and Community Host Sites to match civic-minded Student Volunteers with engaging service-learning opportunities during traditional school breaks. This year during their Fall Break, students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, travelled to the Roanoke Valley to team-up with Lick Run Farm and the Rescue Mission in order to provide a variety of services.

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SERCAP Completes Collaborative IPR Project in Fluvanna County, VA!

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Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department completed an Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) collaborative project in Fluvanna County, VA. The client, a low-income disabled gentleman, was referred to SERCAP back in September of 2017 by the Fluvanna Housing Foundation, after he experienced difficulty with his well and septic system. Due to the run-down condition of the house and the client’s qualification as Extremely-low Income under the HUD Income Guidelines, the project qualified as a Substantial Reconstruction. However, the cost estimates for the project far exceeded the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) cost limits for a Substantial Reconstruction under the IPR Program.

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Meet Bob Cole

Bob Cole

A trivia question for you: what has two legs, a great singing voice, and works magic with a spreadsheet? It’s our very own Bob Cole! Able to bend spreadsheets to his will for the good of our work, Bob Cole is a finance wizard and our Director of Finance & Operations here at SERCAP!

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Meet Beth Pusha

Beth-Pusha

Here at SERCAP, our work wouldn’t be possible without a strong team of dedicated individuals serving our community. Beth Pusha is one of our amazing directors, and has been serving with SERCAP for an amazing 26 years!

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Phase II: SERCAP Holds More Focus Groups Across the Commonwealth of Virginia!

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Beginning in 2016, SERCAP partnered with BB&T Bank to conduct a series of Focus Groups across the Commonwealth of Virginia as a crucial part of SERCAP’s Biannual Community Needs Assessment process. The Biannual Community Needs Assessment allows SERCAP to obtain a true sense of what the rural communities in Virginia struggle with the most and allows the agency to have a real understanding of what the actual needs are, in the localities SERCAP serves.

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SERCAP's Housing Department to Assist Family of Two in Pulaski County, VA!

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Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department working to get a new project approved in Pulaski County, in order to help a low-income, elderly, disabled woman and her daughter to replace their rotting deck. The rotting deck is connected to the main entrance of their home and is a major safety hazard. If the deck were to collapse, anyone standing or sitting on it could be severely injured.

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Meet Kaylah Crutcher

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Would you guess that we’d have a Colorado native on our team? We do! Kaylah Crutcher is one of the newest members of the SERCAP team, joining us at the start of this month. Kaylah grew up in Mountain Time with an appreciation for the outdoors, community service, and bringing people together. She came east to attend George Mason University, and has since worked in Washington D.C., New York City, and Roanoke, Virginia.

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Meet Lisa Banks

Lisa Banks

At SERCAP, we support a diverse group of individuals and communities across our organization’s seven-state region along the east coast of the United States, including: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Did you know that our headquarters is located in Roanoke, Virginia?

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