SECU Foundation Provides Grant to YMI Cultural Center - TribPapers

SECU Foundation Provides Grant to YMI Cultural Center

Holding check, left to right: Dewana Little, YMI Cultural Center executive director; Kelly Pippinger-Clark, SECU senior vice president in Asheville; Kim Hollifield, SECU regional senior vice president; with representatives from SECU and SECU Foundation. Photo provided.

Asheville – The nation’s oldest free-standing African American Cultural Center in Buncombe County receives a $40,000 SECU Foundation grant to Advance Mission.

The SECU Foundation has provided a $40,000 grant to the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville to help expand support and programming. Established in 1892, the historical institution is the oldest free-standing African American cultural center in the nation, serving minority communities and public partnerships across Western North Carolina. Their areas of focus include cultural preservation, homeownership, and workforce development.

“SECU Foundation is an enthusiastic supporter of projects that honor and preserve the rich history and heritage of North Carolina’s diverse populations,” said Kim Hollifield, SECU regional senior vice president. “We hope that our grant will help strengthen and elevate YMI Cultural Center’s mission for years to come through their exceptional cultural and social programs.”

Executive Director of YMI Cultural Center Dewana Little shared, “We are continuously striving to build on the legacy of the founders of this historic institution. This funding from the SECU Foundation helps us further our mission and build our capacity to better meet the needs of our communities.”