Member Spotlight: Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project

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The Fahe Network consists of 50+ Member organizations, spanning across the Appalachian portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, and Maryland. During the best of times, these local leaders provide essential services to their communities including housing, economic, and community development. During times of crisis they stand with their communities, often increasing or modifying the types of services available to match the current need. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the Fahe Network has served the region for 40 years Building the American Dream. This collaboration has invested over $1.5 Billion into Appalachia, which has directly impacted the lives of over 616,000 people. We are taking the time to celebrate each of these Members during our 40th anniversary, as we continue in partnership to ensure that no community is left behind.

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, INC.—Roanoke, VA

Nestled in Virginia’s rural Roanoke Valley is Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, INC. (SERCAP). SERCAP has been serving rural communities for 51 years to diligently provide clean and safe drinking water for all. With approximately 2,000,000 Americans throughout the nation lacking access to running water, the services SERCAP provides in rural communities is essential.

SERCAP provides assistance to approximately 913,000 households per year. With a service region that stretches across seven states, SERCAP actively improves residents’ quality of life in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. In these rural communities, SERCAP provides access to safe drinking water, environmentally sound wastewater disposal facilities, housing rehabilitations, and community development.

As a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), SERCAP is able to offer Community Development Loans and Home Improvement Loans that provides capital to homeowners up to $15,000 and communities up to $250,000. SERCAP also provides access to several grant programs for homeowners. By providing access to financial resources not always available in rural areas, they are ensuring safe, successful, and sustainable outcomes for individuals and communities. SERCAP’s reputation as an expert in the fields of water and wastewater infrastructure, housing, and community development has been recognized at the state, regional, national, and international levels. As a Member of the Fahe Network, their dedication to supporting Appalachian and rural communities has been instrumental in building the American Dream throughout the region.

Every year SERCAP hosts their Water is Life Conference & Luncheon to highlight accomplishments and significant projects from the previous year.  In light of COVID-19, they have rescheduled the 2020 event to August 6 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The Keynote Address will be presented by Tim Hooper, national sales coach and four-time author of the Got Energy series.

To learn more about SERCAP and the services they provide, follow the links below:






Join our Anniversary Celebration

Over the course of 2020, we will be celebrating Fahe’s history through sharing historical photos, family stories, and future projects, as well as other Member Highlights. Please join our 40th anniversary celebration by sharing your memories, pictures, and support for Fahe on social media.  Please join in by using the hashtag #WeAreFahe. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski serves as Fahe's Communication VISTA. She holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. She's an avid lover of music and in her free time she enjoys photography, going to concerts and re-watching "The Office."

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