SECU Foundation Provides Grant To Non-Profit To Build Capacity And Grow After School Programs

Holding check, left to right, are Kevin Watson, SECU Dunn Branch senior vice president, and Captain Rodney Rowland, Dunn PAL executive director, with various representatives from SECU, SECU Foundation, and Dunn PAL.

Programs Aim to Keep Harnett County Youth in a Safe and Supportive Environment

DUNN SECU Foundation awarded the Dunn Police Athletic & Activities League (PAL) a grant of $40,000 to help the non-profit build capacity and expand programs for youth in Harnett County. With the motto, “filling playgrounds, not prisons,” PAL offers students multifaceted after school programs geared toward academic support, leadership development, and athletics while instilling values.

“Programs provided by the Dunn Police Athletic & Activities League provide children with a safe and supportive environment where they have fun learning, playing team sports, and building good relationships with peers,” said Kevin Watson, SECU Dunn Branch senior vice president. “The Foundation recognizes PAL’s dedication and successful community outreach to benefit youth, and we are happy to support their efforts.”

“The Dunn Police Athletic & Activities League works with youth kindergarten through twelfth grade in various programs to keep kids off of the streets and out of trouble to become productive citizens in the community,” said Captain Rodney Rowland, Dunn PAL executive director. “We are excited to have been selected to be one of the recipients of a Mission Development Grant and plan on using a portion of the grant for board development and leadership to increase capacity in PAL. This will bring us a huge step closer to providing more resources for the youth in Harnett County, a rural and predominately economically distressed area.”