SERCAP recently assisted the Town of Monterey, VA, by providing a small grant in the amount of $1,172.00 to the Town, from the agency’s Water Is Life! Fund. Just last month, April 2021, SERCAP’s Regional Department received a request from the Town of Monterey for assistance in relieving some of the negative financial impact to the Town’s water system from $4,148.82 in delinquent water bills from 11 customer accounts. The Town only has a population of 125 residents, 19.2% of whom live in poverty, with a typical household income of only $29,375.00 per year. Given the Town’s rural status and poverty level, SERCAP was happy to grant funds to offset a portion (approximately 28%) of the currently delinquent water bills.
Even during the difficulties of 2020 and 2021, SERCAP’s dedicated staff members have continued to support Community Water/Wastewater Systems, Water/Wastewater Operators, and LMI individuals struggling to maintain access to clean, safe drinking water and environmentally sound wastewater facilities. In conjunction with World Water Day in March of 2021, SERCAP raised $586.00 through a small popcorn pop-up shop fundraiser. The proceeds of that fundraiser, along with an additional dollar for dollar match from SERCAP’s Water Is Life! Fund, were designated to assist the Town of Monterey and its water utility. Small donations to SERCAP’s Water Is Life! Fund have a big impact on communities and LMI individuals, like those living in the Town of Monterey, VA, by providing the agency with unrestricted funds for out-of-the-box projects, that otherwise would not meet the eligibility requirements of SERCAP’s other funding sources.
Without SERCAP’s Grant Programs and other similar programs and services, many communities, and low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals and families, would be forced to go without such necessities as water and wastewater infrastructure solutions, community infrastructure needs, indoor plumbing, properly functioning wells and septic systems, safe and affordable housing, and more. It is important to remember that even in the United States in the 21st Century; 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 SERCAP’s Water Life! Fund!
*SERCAP’s Water Is Life Fund is a source of unrestricted cash comprised of contributions from the agency’s Board of Directors, payroll deduction donations from the Staff, and individual donations from friends and supporters of the organization. SERCAP uses the Water Is Life Fund to provide financial assistance, in the form of grants, to worthy projects that fall outside the eligibility parameters of SERCAP’s other funding sources. Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs and services in Virginia are leveraged by the Budget Appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD).