There are just over two weeks left in the State Employees Combined Campaign and UNCG faculty and staff have pledged $90,779, nearly 52% of the goal of $175,000.
While we can’t gather at the pancake breakfast or browse the silent auction this year, UNCG employees have been inspired to make meaningful donations, and there’s still time to raise the numbers.
345 employees have pledged, and UNCG is currently leading the UNC System schools in participation rate, at 12%. Campaign statistics can be seen here.
The SECC is the only workplace giving program for state employees. It is a direct way to help those in need; sustain local, national, and international health, educational, environmental and social service organizations; and make a contribution to our community.
UNCG faculty and staff members typically sustain a variety of meaningful connections to the 400 charities that benefit from the SECC.
Several from across campus who have donated to the SECC shared their thoughts below about the significance of being a part of this campaign.
“Being part of a collective movement to support our local nonprofit community is needed today more than ever. It is an opportunity to literally and symbolically strengthen the fabric of our community by showing one another that we care. A colleague at a nonprofit recently shared with me what it’s like to get the notice that someone has donated, even a tiny bit of money. She shared, ‘just the fact that someone paused in this busy day and thought about us long enough, and cared deep enough, to send some money our way was a ray of sunshine in some dark days.'”
-Emily Janke, Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement
“I always give to Backpack Beginnings to support the important work they do in helping feed and clothe children in need. Being part of a School of Education, I am aware of how important these supports are for the health, well-being, and academic growth of the children in our community.”
-Dr. Randy Penfield, Dean of the School of Education
“Donating to SECC allows me to support specific causes, such as horse rescue. Through SECC we can make a real difference with causes not often in the headlines.
– Wade Maki, Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the B.A. in Liberal Studies Program
“It is important to think of those that have many difficulties in their lives, especially this year. Thus, SECC is a wonderful opportunity for all of us at the University to provide a gift to individuals in our community to provide hope for our future.”
-Dr. John Kiss, Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences