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SECC mid-November update

Looking to make a tangible difference in your community? UNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign is raising money for a wide variety of charities.

The yearly effort allows state employees to conveniently donate to charitable organizations. UNCG has participated in the statewide campaign for many years, and has consistently had one of the highest employee participation rates in the state. Over the course of its participation, UNCG employees and retirees have contributed $3.7 millioN. 

This year, to commemorate UNCG’s 125th anniversary, the fundraising goal is $200,125.

When making a donation, you may choose from more than 1,000 organizations to support. As examples, here are just a few of the many charities using donated dollars to do good work in their communities.

UNCF: UNCF is the nation’s leading organization advocating minority education. Donations go towards creating scholarships for low-income college students of color attending HBCUs. UNCF awards more than $100 million a year in scholarships to over 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools around the country. African-American UNCF scholarship recipients have a six-year graduation rate of 70 percent, 11 points higher than the national average and 30 points higher than the national average for African-Americans. UNCF also helps prepare K-12 students for college with university readiness programs

UNCF has helped more than double the amount of minorities attending college. Over 445,000 students have graduated with degrees thanks to help from the fund. A majority of these students are the first in their family to attend college. Contribution to the UNCF is an investment in the 60,000 yearly recipients of UNCF scholarships. 

Junior Achievement of the Triad: Junior Achievement of the Triad is committed to empowering youth to take control of their future and economic success. Junior Achievement hosts programs that develop financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship in K-12 students. Classroom volunteers work with teachers on workshops that help prepare students with the tools needed to flourish post-graduation. JA students exhibit greater self-confidence, enhanced problem-solving skills, higher math and reading scores and are more likely to graduate school.

Many students work as classroom volunteers in JA’s programs, including a group from UNCG’s Bryan School. The organization also has the involvement of many UNCG alumni, both as volunteers and staff, including president & CEO Jacqueline McCracken Wall.

YWCA: The YWCA of Greensboro works to  empower women in the Greensboro area. The YWCA provides job training, emergency shelter, mentorship, racial justice programs, youth services and many more workshops and courses. Volunteers and donations support the organization’s goals, and allow them to host their wide variety of programs dedicated to helping women in the community.

The YWCA accepts local volunteers for many of its programs, as well as people willing to participate in its social justice and advocacy efforts. Money contributed to the organization goes towards programs and resources intended to aid disadvantaged women and families in the community, and to promote racial justice and social activism. 

How to participate in UNCG’s SECC? Donations to the UNCG SECC can be made here via paper or online, and are tax deductible. A complete list of participating charities can be found here. New this year, each week all employees who pledge by noon on Fridays (through Nov. 17) will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes. For any questions about the weekly drawings, please contact Jana Walser-Smith at jfwalser@uncg.edu.

Assembled by Avery Campbell