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How much of a difference can your SECC contribution make? Over 20 non-profit organizations were on hand for the annual UNCG State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) Kick-off and Agency Fair on Oct. 23 to tell faculty and staff just how much.

The SECC, the official annual giving campaign for state employees, strengthens North Carolina communities through the near thousand charitable organizations in the state it supports. Donations are essential to their success, as state employees and retirees contribute to the many organizations that better the quality of life in communities.

Stephen Hartley, developmental associate for Operation Smile, sees firsthand how much of an impact donations can make.

“We fix cleft lips and cleft palates throughout the world as well as in the United States. We even have an Operation Smile Club here at UNCG for students,” says Hartley. “The funding from the campaign really helps us to do more missions. There’s a small backlog of children waiting to have surgeries and of course a lot of them wouldn’t be able to have them without these missions. Without people contributing and donating, Operation Smile wouldn’t be in existence.”

For Piedmont Land Conservancy, an organization that works in nine counties to preserve open spaces, being a part of SECC has helped bring awareness to its mission.

“We can protect more land throughout the Northern Piedmont when people donate,” says Lynne Dardanell, communications and outreach manager.  

Other organizations such as the Homeschool Foundation, which aids families with homeschooling and those that are struggling financially, also appreciate the help.

“It means more than words can express,” says Community Ambassador Michelle Vantrease.

The campaign has officially begun and SECC envelopes have arrived in each employee’s mailbox. The full list of organizations (you can choose one or more) are listed at ncsecc.org.

New this year: Each week, all employees who pledge by noon on Fridays (through Nov. 17) will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a great prize. You will remain in the “prize pool” unless you have previously won this year.  For questions about the weekly drawings, please contact Jana Walser-Smith (jfwalser@uncg.edu).

For more information on how to give, visit secc.wp.uncg.edu/give-now.

By Ishan Davis

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