WCU gives, State Employees Campaign receives and charities benefit this holiday season

Lettie Cooper, chair for this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign, charts the university’s success.

Western Carolina University wrapped up its portion of the annual State Employees Combined Campaign on Friday, Dec. 8, by surpassing goals for donations and participation.

The SECC is the only officially sanctioned fund drive conducted on WCU’s campus for outside organizations. Charities that meet the workplace giving program’s standards and provide services to the residents of North Carolina are eligible for donations from state employees and retirees.

WCU exceeded its annual goal of $30,000 by at least $4,978 ― with the final figure likely to go higher as donations and pledge reports continue to come in.

Lettie Cooper, technology support analyst in the Division of Information Technology, was the university’s campaign chair this year. “WCU makes a difference in the lives of so many, so often, and this is just another example,” she said. “By being a part of a larger philanthropic effort we have supported those in need, the arts and education, the environment and human services, and much more. I want to thank everyone who supported this effort.”

Assisting Cooper in leading this year’s campaign were vice chair Jane Adams-Dunford, assistant vice chancellor in the Division of Student Affairs, who will be next year’s chair, and Joyce Carpenter, an executive assistant in Advancement, who handled administrative duties.

“The diligence of team captains in different departments across campus allowed us to communicate, coordinate and meet deadlines, which is no small task,” Cooper said. “They have my thanks as well.”

Across the state, the SECC has provided more than $100 million in support for worthy causes since it began in 1985. Last year, more than 18,000 state employees contributed to the campaign. No state funds are used during the effort, and this year, nearly 1,000 charities were eligible for contributions.

For more information about the State Employees Combined Campaign, including a list of participating charities, visit www.ncsecc.org.