The poverty rate is at a 15-year high. Unemployment, particularly in our state, is exceptionally high. The Great Recession has caused lots of hurt, making this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) particularly important.
“We know the impact that the economic situation has had on our community and indeed on our friends and neighbors,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.
We each have particular causes we may want to give to. The SECC allows you to pinpoint your donations, if you choose. The chancellor personally prefers United Way of Greater Greensboro, which supports the community in which she lives, she explained. Whether the organizations you choose are local, regional or even national, it’s important to note that they do make a difference, she said.
The official workplace giving campaign for employees throughout state government and the university system, the SECC assists more than 900 agencies and groups.
The campus’ many volunteer solicitors from throughout campus gathered last Friday in the Virginia Dare Room (in visual) to pick up packets for their departments and learn about this year’s drive.
SECC chair Benita Peace (HRS) announced the year’s goal: $235,000.
Peace spoke of her home county, Rockingham County, having one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Many of those in her community have been hit hard. She also said last year she directed her donation to breast cancer awareness, in honor of her mother.
Many UNCG employees give through payroll deduction. That spreads the donation over 12 months, starting in January.
To make a donation, simply fill out the form, include payment and returned the sealed envelope to your department’s solicitor so it can be forwarded for processing.
The campus SECC web page is uncg.edu/secc.
“I know we can do it,” Brady said, about reaching the goal. “We had an ambitious goal last year and we exceeded our goal. I’m hoping we can do that again this year.”
By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris