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State Employees Combined Campaign kicks off on campus Sept. 24

It’s that time again, when the Western Carolina University community has an opportunity to “choose great” by supporting the State Employees Combined Campaign.

WCU’s campaign begins Monday, Sept. 24, and continues until Friday, Nov. 9.

The SECC provides state employees with an official venue to donate to charities that they care about and that directly benefit those in need in local communities. “You can designate your gift to any of the 900 charities listed in the SECC Giving Guide,” said Jane Adams-Dunford, WCU assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and chair of this year’s campaign. “Since it began in 1985, state employee donors have contributed more than $107 million to charities across our state, nation and world.”

Last year, the WCU community reached and exceeded its goal of $30,000 by raising $36,000. The goals for this year’s campaign are to raise $32,000 and increase participation, Adams-Dunford said. She encourages WCU faculty and staff members to follow their passion and support a cause that resonates with them as individuals.

“I hope we can count on everyone for support toward reaching this milestone,” she said. “Any donation, no matter how large or small, will make a difference. I encourage you to make a personal choice to support a charity that is important to you. With the devastation from Hurricane Florence, charities need our help more than ever.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to a charity, faculty and staff members should contact the team captain in their area. Donations can be made through payroll contributions, check or credit card (epledge). “Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of so many people,” Adams-Dunford said.

Assisting Adams-Dunford with this year’s campaign is Alison Krauss, interim director of sponsored research, who will lead the campaign next year.

No state funds are used to carry out the campaign. For additional information, visit the SECC website at or contact Adams-Dunford at


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