Each fall, California state employees band together to raise funds for those in need through the State Employees Charitable Campaign. The annual campaign raises donations for the United Way, which in turn disperses funds to more than 800 charitable organizations statewide, including Cal Poly Pomona and others designated as not-for-profit organizations. Last year's campus campaign raised almost $50,000 thanks to some 275 donors at Cal Poly Pomona.
“We're on a very tight schedule this year,” says campaign chair Sandra Richmond-Morton of Risk Management. “Usually, we have about six weeks to get out all the forms and get them back, but this year, we have only about two and a half weeks.”
The campaign is coordinated by staff employees, called captains, from across campus. This years captains include Mary Salazar (Academic Affairs), Becky Pepping (Administrative Affairs), Mina Figueroa (Instructional & Information Technology), Patricia Martinez (Student Affairs), Laura Johnson (University Advancement), Jeff Cox (ASI) and Kathy Ramsey (Foundation).
The captains disseminate the required forms to faculty and staff, collect them after they've been completed, remind those who dont respond in a timely manner, and, generally, make the event the success it is each year, according to Richmond-Morton.
Faculty and staff should have already received a form from their captain. Those who did not should check with their area's captain as soon as possible. It is important that every employee return his or her form by Friday, Oct. 29, regardless of their desire to donate, says Richmond-Morton.
“We have to account for every form we are given. We understand there are those who, for a variety of reasons, choose not to participate and we fully appreciate that choice,” she says.
For more information about the campaign, including a list of recognized organizations and instructions on completing the form, visit www.cpp.edu/~dsa/secc. The Web site also provides information on how to donate to an organization in need that is not listed.
“What makes this campaign so worthwhile is when someone on campus shares how some agency we support has personally touched their life by providing assistance to a friend or loved one,” says Richmond-Morton. “It sends such a strong messagethat no matter how much each of us gives, it all helps.”
For additional information, including how to direct gifts to the Cal Poly Pomona program of your choice, contact Richmond-Morton at (909) 869-4303 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.