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Campaign promotes giving, gratitude

SECC leaders Stephanie Brown and Brenda McCoyNew leaders hope faculty and staff will make the 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign one of its most successful ever.

Stephanie Brown, above left, associate director of orientation and transition programs, and Brenda McCoy, above right, chair of the department of community and professional programs in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will lead the annual campuswide effort beginning Oct. 1 to support hundreds of local, state and national charities.

“This campaign is important because it gives our employees a chance to help these organizations provide much needed services,” Brown said. “It especially encourages them to give to those groups right in their own communities.”

McCoy said the campaign is also an opportunity for the campus to thank numerous organizations who train UNT students through internships and other partnerships. Those agencies give students in several different fields hands-on experience so they graduate with a significant edge.

“We train our students to be civically engaged; this is a way for us to model that civic engagement by giving back to these agencies,” she said.

Campaign coordinators in each division will distribute information packets to their departments soon so they can begin their fundraising efforts.

The Texas SECC was created by legislation in 1993 and is the only authorized workplace campaign for Texas state employees. It is a collective effort that benefits both the givers and the receivers by strengthening communities. It gives employees an opportunity to make tax deductible donations to hundreds of charities statewide.

Last year’s campaign raised about $226,000. In addition to donations from the UNT campus, the total includes those from the UNT System Business Service Center and IT Shared Services, which are located in Denton. Last year’s campaign saw 38 percent of employees contribute, and the leaders stressed they would like to see that figure increase significantly.

Also, on, a campuswide agency fair and bake sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30-31 in the Business Leadership Building atrium. In addition to being a fundraiser, this event will give the members of the UNT community a chance to learn about a number of local agencies that are supported through the SECC.

Many departments will sponsor events throughout the month.

-Matthew Zabel, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

 (Photo by Michael Clements / URCM)

Posted on: Wed 01 October 2014

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