SUNY Cortland employees contributed $39,785 to the 2017-18 State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign.
The only authorized fundraising campaign among New York state workers, SEFA is directed by the United Way of Cortland County and brings together fundraising efforts for a broad group of agencies under one common umbrella. This annual fundraising effort offers SUNY Cortland employees the opportunity to support local, statewide and global charities.
The College, which relies on state employee volunteers to canvas co-workers for donations, kicked off the two-week appeal Oct. 18. Results were tallied recently.
According to the 2017-18 SEFA Campaign co-chairs, Pam Schroeder and Heather Drew, 274 SUNY Cortland employees pledged donations to 45 agencies.
The campaign gives generous support each year to local agencies such as the United Way, YWCA of Cortland, Lime Hollow Nature Center, SUNY Cortland Child Care Center and many other charities, the organizers noted. Donations helped provide aid to victims of violence, support to parenting or pregnancy-risk teens, literacy education for adult learners, scholarships to working parents for quality childcare, and many other essential services.
Donations were given to other charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Doctors Without Borders, and many other worthy charities across New York state and around the world.
In New York, SEFA campaigns also are conducted at the State Department of Labor, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Transportation, the Office of Court Administration and the State Police. Decisions are made locally about which agencies are included and how funds are distributed. The community-based SEFA committee is composed of representatives from state agencies and managers of human service agencies. Pledging takes place once a year.
Donors may choose to have their gifts shared among different organizations within Cortland County, used in another county of their choice or designated for individual local, state, independent or international organizations.
Schroeder and Drew said they were glad to reach out to the campus community to help make the campaign successful.
“I was honored to co-chair this year’s SEFA campaign, along with Pam,” Drew said. “I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped distribute and gather pledge forms. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. We couldn't do it without you.”
“As a community, Cortland has given back for many years,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “I am proud that so many faculty, staff and even students give to the United Way Campaign.”
Participants were entered into a drawing for prizes. Winners are as follows:
Louanne Simons — a $50 Tops card in the United Way Gas and Grocery drawing
William Skipper — a personal parking space on campus
Kathryn Coffey, Tina Aversano and Patricia Roiger — $25 ASC Gift Cards
Darlene Miller, the CSEA winner — a $50 Downtown Partnership Gift Certificate
Local members of the Cortland County SEFA Committee and the employee group represented include: Kathleen Burke, SUNY Cortland United University Professions (UUP) employees; Christella Yonta, federated campaign coordinator for the United Way for Cortland County; Gary Evans, SUNY Cortland management/confidential employees and Cortland County SEFA chair; Lori Porter, SUNY Cortland management/confidential employees; Laurie Klotz, SUNY Cortland UUP employees; Lois Marshall, NYSDOT, CSEA employees; and Donna Raymond, NYSEC, CSEA employees.
For more information about SEFA in New York State, visit the website http://www.sefanys.org.