It’s that time of year again, when Western Carolina University faculty and staff come together to support the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign.
“The State Employees Combined Campaign gives WCU employees the opportunity to greatly impact the lives of others through charity,” said Dana Boyer, business officer in the College of Health and Human Sciences and WCU’s SECC chair. “By donating through the SECC, we can make a powerful difference for a cause that is important to us while also being part of a larger philanthropic effort with significant impact.”
Across the state, the SECC has provided more than $100 million in support for worthy causes since it began in 1985, Boyer said. Last year, more than 18,000 state employees contributed to the campaign. No state funds are used during the effort, and this year, nearly 1,000 charities are eligible for contributions.
The SECC is the only officially sanctioned fund drive conducted on WCU’s campus for outside organizations. WCU’s campaign began Oct. 3 and continues until Friday, Dec. 2.
WCU employees will be receiving a pledge form and giving guide from their division’s team captain. The option of donating online also is available. An email sent to faculty and staff on Oct. 3 contains a personal link to the SECC ePledge site.
Last year, the WCU community raised more than $35,000 through the SECC, and the goal for this year’s campaign is $37,000, Boyer said.
“Everyone’s gift, no matter how big or small, makes a difference,” she said. “Together, our donations are making a powerful and positive impact in our local, national and global communities.”
Assisting Boyer in leading this year’s campaign are vice chair Lettie Cooper, technology support analyst in the Division of Information Technology, and Joyce Carpenter, an executive assistant in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs who is handling the administrative aspects.
By Randall Holcombe