Release date: 11/29/2016
STATESVILLE, NC – The staff of the Rural Hall Branch of Carolina Farm Credit recently volunteered with Rural Hall Elementary School. Employees purchased building materials, potting soil, and plants were donated by Mitchell’s Nursery and Greenhouse.
Two raised beds were constructed, one at wheelchair height to allow physically handicapped students the ability to enjoy the gardens.
“Being able to help build raised bed gardens for the children at Rural Hall Elementary School has been a great experience. This opportunity allowed our staff to come together outside of the work environment to help our local community.” Christina Queen, Branch Office Coordinator, Carolina Farm Credit.
“Supporting our rural communities has been a part of Farm Credit since the very beginning, and projects like this are just another example of how Carolina Farm Credit gives back to the communities in which we work and live,” Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit.
This community service project is part of a Carolina Farm Credit initiative implemented by Carolina Farm Credit’s Community Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Each branch location is given the chance to participate in community service projects throughout the year.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
For 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 9,200 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.4 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Boone, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Carolina Farm Credit was recognized as a 2015 Best Employer in North Carolina. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are L. Kim Starnes, Chairman, Salisbury; W. Rex Bell, Vice-Chairman, Statesville; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; David M. Coltrane, Pleasant Garden; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Tony L. Ragan, Sanford; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.
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