30 Days of Giving 2015: Oswego’s Positive Community Impact Through SEFA
Awareness-raising events for SUNY Oswego‘s annual State Employees Federated Appeal are in full throttle this year to push the 2015-16 campaign — themed “Positive Community Impact” — along the path to its $35,000 goal for charitable organizations around the community and the globe.
Along with payroll deduction and direct employee contributions — online pledges are new this year — Baskets of Caring, annually raising at least $4,000 for SEFA/United Way, attracted lots of attention Nov. 18 and 19 on Marano Campus Center concourse. Donors voted each day in the spirited competition for the most creative goodies-filled basket.
Another indication the campaign is moving into a higher gear: The men’s and women’s ice hockey teams will host United Way food drives in connection with upcoming games, and Skate with the Lakers on Dec. 6 will invite the campus and community to contribute as they join members of the teams on the ice from 1 to 2 or 3 to 4 p.m.
While praising the dozens of volunteers organizing fundraising events across campus, Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and members of the SEFA Committee emphasized that the college continues to advocate for greater overall participation among its employees. The campaign’s appeal for contributions through payroll deduction — the only such charitable request that can be made of employees in New York state — is under way.
“By increasing the number of participants from every part of campus, we will share the responsibility and pride of working as a community and for the communities we strive to support — whether you wish your donation to stay locally in Oswego County or to be sent to a charity elsewhere across our state, nation and world,” Stanley wrote in a campuswide message. “Every donation, including $1 and $2 per pay period, helps tremendously.”
Both the president and Kristin Gublo of the chemistry department, acting convener of the SEFA Committee, emphasized the impact SEFA/United Way contributions make on people’s lives — givers as well as recipients.
I just think that making a positive impact in your community is so important,” said Gublo, a longtime SEFA volunteer and leader of several of its annual fundraising events.
For the first time, faculty and staff can complete the SEFA pledge form electronically. Any employee can continue to use a handwritten form in the campaign’s packet.
Whether online or on paper, a completed form enters each donor in prize drawings that began Monday and continue through the end of December.
Gublo said that while the online form is designed for ease of use, volunteers stand ready to assist.
Gublo said the campaign is about one-third of its way to the goal. The need — from the United Way and its beneficiary organizations to any of the 2,400 other not-for-profit organizations listed in the SEFA booklet — is great, she said. President Stanley reinforced that.
“Your participation can make an enormous difference to the programs, families and individuals served by SEFA/United Way,” Stanley wrote. “So many children and their families remain challenged because of the continuously difficult economic climate.”
For more information, including a calendar of remaining SEFA/United Way events, visit oswego.edu/sefa.
2015 30 Days of Giving
- Day 1: Binghamton University hosts Welcome Week Service Project
- Day 2: Brockport hosts a Saturday of Service
- Day 3: Niagara CCC Penny Wars for St Jude’s Children Research Hospital
- Day 4: Farmingdale Little Flower Event
- Day 5: Onondaga CC works to help K.I.D.S.
- Day 6: Tompkins Cortland Participates in Cancer Resource Charity Walk
- Day 7: SUNY ESF Contributes to the Food Recovery Network
- Day 8: Literacy Matters at FMCC
- Day 9: HVCC Builds Walls for Habitat for Humanity
- Day 10: Oswego’s Positive Community Impact Through SEFA
- Day 11: Dutchess CC Organizes Clothing and Food Drives
- Day 12: Morrisville Holds Back To School Drive
- Day 13: Charity on Ice at SUNY Cortland
- Day 14: Delhi’s Out of the Darkness Event for Suicide Prevention
- Day 15: Dare to Care Day at Buffalo State
- Day 16: FIT Students Engineer Garments for Veterans with Disabilities
- Day 17: SUNY Ulster Sends Text Books to Kenya
- Day 18: Niagara CCC Tackles Breast Cancer Awareness
- Day 19: Herkimer CCC Supports Gram Lorraine Children’s Christmas Program
- Day 20: Jefferson CC Gives Gift of Comfort
- Day 21: SUNY Canton Giving Tree
- Day 22: Alfred State participates in ELK Charity Challenge
- Day 23: Old Westbury goes Shopping for Service
- Day 24: SUNY Oneonta Giving Tree
- Day 25: Purchase College provides free ESOL classes
- Day 26: Tree Trot at Fredonia supports Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Day 27: Geneseo Continues to Provide Hurricane Relief
- Day 28: Rockland CC luncheon raises funds for Alzheimer’s Foundation
- Day 29: Stony Brook Bike-A-Thon For Disabilities
- Day 30: Suffolk County CC volunteers at Special Olympics event