University of Connecticut

Can You Help Push the University’s Total Over $200,000?

On behalf of the Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign, a big thank you to all who participated in the 2013 campaign.  It’s because of your involvement that the University raised a total of $193,885.81 to date, contributing to a statewide total of more than $1.3 million.  Two hundred seventy-four employees at Storrs and the regional campuses donated $122,807.41, and 244 employees at UConn Health donated $71,078.40.

Can you help push the University’s combined total over $200,000?  It’s not too late to make a pledge. In fact, the statewide coordinator tells me they are still receiving payroll deduction contributions every week.

You can find the pledge form online; and the charities that are part of the campaign are listed online in the CSEC directory.

Please send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, UConn-Storrs Coordinator CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or scan it and send to csec@uconn.edu.

Thank you!

A Message from Statewide Chair Denise Merrill

Dear Connecticut State Employee:

‘Tis the season, as they say.  And as the end of the calendar year comes to a close, so does the Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign for Charitable Giving.  Once again, thousands of state employees have stepped up to the plate and made a difference.  Are you one of them? There’s still time to give – whether you decide to make a one-time gift or a payroll deduction as low as $1.00.

So, what issues are close to your heart? Whatever it is, you will find at least one of the 700+ organizations that align with your giving priorities. You will see organizations that focus on caring for children and youth, advocates for animals, educational programming, environmental protection, providing for basic human needs such as food and shelter, organizations that focus on health or disaster relief, and many more.

So, join me in participating today.  Visit the website and make your end-of-year pledge to support those in need.

Denise Merrill,
Secretary of the State & 2013 CSEC Statewide Chair

 

UConn employees: Please send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or email it to csec@uconn.edu.

State Employees’ Campaign at UConn Ends Dec. 7

The State Employees’ Charitable Campaign at UConn is coming to an end on Dec. 7.  Take advantage of this opportunity to give back to the community, whether local or global.

The top 20 charities to which UConn employees contributed last year included the following global causes: Doctors Without Borders (8213), the National Wildlife Federation (8639), and Heifer International (8216). You can find these and other charities listed in the CSEC directory online.

Please send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or email it to csec@uconn.edu.

Please give generously, make a difference to those in need.

All faculty and staff who submit a signed pledge form will be entered into a drawing.

In this week’s drawing (the last of the 2013 Campaign):

  • A free round trip to Bradley Airport on the UConn shuttle, donated by Transportation Services
  • An autographed copy of Prof. Regina Barreca’s book They Used to Call Me Snow White … But I Drifted, donated by the author
  • An autographed copy of Prof. Regina Barreca’s book It’s Not That I’m Bitter, donated by the author

The drawing will close on Dec. 9 and winners will be notified directly.

The winners of Week 6’s drawing were:

Celia Miralles, a Thanksgiving flower arrangement donated by UConn Blooms
Janice Boltseridge, a week’s free Area 1 parking donated by Parking Services

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu at 860-486-0893

A Message from the Statewide Campaign Chair

November 20, 2013

Dear Connecticut State Employee:

Thanksgiving is the time when we all reflect on what we are most thankful for — our family, friends and our good health, for example.  However, there are still so many Connecticut families who struggle.  So, as we near the end of our Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign for Charitable Giving (CSEC), I’d like to encourage you one last time to join me in making a contribution.

Hundreds of charitable organizations are participating in this year’s campaign, and whether you chose to make a one-time gift, or a payroll deduction,* your generosity will make a difference in our communities.

To view a listing of the approved charities, or for more information, please visit the campaign’s website at www.csec.ct.gov.  Pledge cards can also be accessed at the website, as well as at www.dir.ct.gov/ccg/. For questions regarding the CSEC, please contact the campaign office at 860-402-8430 or 860-887-5288.

Thank you for all that you do for the citizens of Connecticut and for your support of this year’s charitable campaign.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, and best wishes for a joyous holiday season!

Denise Merrill
Secretary of the State
2013 Statewide Campaign Chair

*Payroll deductions must be a minimum of $1 per pay period.

Help the Hungry and Homeless, Including Typhoon Victims

As we look forward to Thanksgiving, please remember those both near and far who are hungry and homeless.  You can donate to these causes through the Connecticut State Employees Campaign.

The top 20 charities to which UConn employees contributed last year included FoodShare (5040) and the Connecticut Food Bank (8483). And the list of CSEC charities includes Action Against Hunger USA, Feed a Child, Feed America’s Hungry Children, Habitat for Humanity International, Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp., My Sisters’ Place, South Park Inn, and others that address hunger and homelessness.

If you wish to donate to victims of the typhoon in the Philippines, you can do so via CSEC through the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter (5501), and other disaster relief charities.

You can find these and other charities listed in the CSEC directory online.

Please send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, UConn-Storrs Coordinator CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or scan it and send to csec@uconn.edu.

Food and shelter are basic human rights. Please give generously.

All faculty and staff who submit a signed pledge form will be entered into a drawing.

In this week’s drawing:

  • A Thanksgiving flower arrangement, donated by UConn Blooms;
  • A week’s free Area 1 parking (date and location of your choice).

The drawing will be closed on Nov. 20 and winners will be notified directly.

The winners of Week 5’s drawing were:
Carolyn Postemski, Recreation Services sweatshirt;
Bill Congdon, a month’s free pass to the Recreation Facility;
Ann Traynor, tickets to the football game vs. Louisville and veterans recognition on Nov. 8.

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu at 860-486-0893

Your Gift to CSEC Can Help the Young & Vulnerable

Children and youth are among the most vulnerable in our society. The Connecticut State Employees Campaign includes many charities that provide services to help and support them.

These include various adoption charities; Big Brothers Big Sisters in different parts of the state; Boys and Girls Clubs; the Charitable Children’s Fund of America; Child Slavery, Trafficking and Forced Labor Rescue; Children’s Fire and Burn Fund; Connecticut Youth Leadership Project for youth with disabilities; Kids-In-Crisis emergency shelter; Save the Children; Toys for Tots; UNICEF; the YMCA; and more.

You can find these and others listed in the CSEC directory online, which you can sort by name or by type to find the charity of your choice.

Please send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, UConn-Storrs Coordinator CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or scan it and send to csec@uconn.edu.

Your gift can help the young and at-risk. Please give generously.

All faculty and staff who submit a signed pledge form will be entered into a drawing.

In this week’s drawing:

  • An autographed basketball signed by members of the 2013-14 men’s team;
  • Two tickets to the women’s basketball game vs. Boston University at Gampel Pavilion (Hall of Fame Challenge) on Nov. 22;
  • Two tickets to the women’s basketball game vs. Monmouth at Gampel Pavilion (Hall of Fame Challenge) on Nov. 23.

The drawing will be closed on Nov. 13 and winners will be notified directly.

The winners of Week 4’s drawing were:

EcoHusky coffee mugs
Elizabeth Mahan, Leonard Blanks, Gregory Gallo, Rajeev Bansal, Lynn Bloom

EcoHusky water bottles
Betsy Pittman, Angie Wisniewski, Deborah Rice, Christine Crumley, Maria Martinez

EcoHusky baseball caps
Patricia Geissler, Joanne Sullivan, Krista Schulz, Terry Emmons, Gary Powell, Rebecca Stockdale-Woolley

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu at 860-486-0893

Donate to Health-Related Causes Through CSEC

The Connecticut State Employees Campaign includes many charities that provide health care services, support health promotion, or conduct research to help prevent and treat specific diseases.

The top 20 charities to which UConn employees contributed last year included the following health-related causes: American Cancer Society New England Division (3002), AmeriCares (8207), St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (3066), Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (3079), and Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter (3001). And there are nearly 200 health-related causes on the list of CSEC charities, including Hospice America, Doctors Without Borders, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, and charities specific to Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Autism, Cancer, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Sickle Cell Disease, and more.

You can find these and other charities listed in the CSEC directory online, which you can sort by name or by type to find the charity of your choice.

Please send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, UConn-Storrs Coordinator CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or scan it and send to csec@uconn.edu.

Health is an issue for all of us and our loved ones. Please give generously.

All faculty and staff who submit a signed pledge form will be entered into a drawing.

In this week’s drawing:

  • A Recreation Services sweatshirt;
  • A month’s free faculty/staff pass to the Recreation Facility, donated by Recreation Services;
  • Two tickets to the football game vs. Louisville at Rentschler Field on Nov. 8.

The drawing will be closed on Nov. 6 and winners will be notified directly.

The winners of Week 3’s drawing were:
Joan Allen, autographed basketball signed by members of the National Championship women’s basketball team;
Christine McNevins, framed photo of Wilbur Cross Building amid fall foliage.

Celebrate EcoMadness: Give to Environmental Causes

October is time for EcoMadness on campus. Donating to environmental causes through the Connecticut State Employees Campaign is a way for UConn faculty and staff to join in.

The top 20 charities to which UConn employees contributed last year included environmental causes EarthShare New England and the National Wildlife Federation. And there are a total of 40 environmental and conservation-related causes on the list of CSEC charities, including the Appalachian Mountain Club, Clean Water Fund, Environmental Law Institute, National Park Trust, New England Aquarium, Rainforest Alliance, Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club Foundation.

You can find these and other charities listed in the CSEC directory online, which you can sort by name or by type to find the charity of your choice.

Please send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, UConn-Storrs Coordinator CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or scan it and send to csec@uconn.edu.

Together, we can make a difference. Please give generously.

All faculty and staff who submit a signed pledge form will be entered into a drawing.

In this week’s drawing:

  • 5 EcoHusky water bottles;
  • 5 EcoHusky travel mugs;
  • 6 EcoHusky baseball caps, all donated by the Office of Environmental Policy.

The drawing will be closed on Oct. 30 and winners will be notified directly.

The winners of Week 2’s drawing were:
Anne Theriault, gift certificate to the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts;
Tracy Burke, horse-drawn carriage ride around Horsebarn Hill.

 

Give Back to the Local Community Through CSEC

Giving back to the local community is an effective way of making a difference. Please consider donating to a local charity through the Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign.

The top 20 charities to which UConn employees donated last year include many local causes: Alex’s Lemonade Stand (8161); Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich (5016); Greater Hartford Arts Council (8500); Hole in the Wall Gang Fund (8447); United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut (5000); Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (5111); and Windham Region United Way (5206).

You can find these and other local charities listed in the CSEC directory online. United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut includes nearly 60 different charities in the area, and others are listed elsewhere: you can sort by name or by type to find the charity of your choice.

Once you have selected the charity or charities for your donation, send your completed pledge form to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, UConn-Storrs Coordinator CSEC 2013, U-3144. You can also fax it to 860-486-4064, or scan it and send to csec@uconn.edu.

Together, we can make a difference. Please give generously.

All faculty and staff who submit a signed pledge form will be entered into a drawing.

In this week’s drawing:

  • A framed 11″x17″ photo of Wilbur Cross Building amid fall foliage, by University photographer Peter Morenus, donated by University Communications;
  • An autographed basketball, signed by the 2013 NCAA Championship Women’s Basketball Team, donated by the Women’s Basketball program.

The drawing will be closed on Oct. 23 and winners will be notified directly.

The winners of Week 1’s drawing were:
Michael Braunstein, gift certificate to the Dairy Bar.
Lan Guglietta, autographed Final Four poster, signed by the 2013 NCAA Championship Women’s Basketball Team.
Jeanne Rezuke, autographed copy of Prof. Gina Barreca’s book ‘Make Mine a Double.’

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu at 860-486-0893

A Message from Denise Merrill, Statewide Campaign Chair

October 2013

Dear Connecticut State Employee:

The 2013 Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign for Charitable Giving (CSEC) kicked off in Hartford on Aug. 21 with a summer fair attended by hundreds of state employees. As the 2013 Statewide Campaign Chair, I want to personally extend my thanks to all of you who supported the event, especially the charity representatives, state employee entertainers, and dedicated volunteers.

This year the campaign’s statewide committee has set a $1.4 million goal. With your help, I firmly believe that this goal is reachable.

If you have never made a pledge to the CSEC, or if you haven’t given in a few years, please think about helping someone who is less fortunate. For $1 a pay period, or $26 a year, your donation can have a positive impact in your local community, in a neighboring state, or across the globe.

Connecticut’s state employees have been extremely generous over the years in supporting the hundreds of participating charitable organizations.  The needs of these non-profit organizations are greater than ever, and for many, resources are limited.

It is your decision. You choose the charity, or charities, whose cause is most meaningful to you. I know that many of you already support other charitable causes. Please consider giving to the charity of your choice through the CSEC by either making a one-time gift donation or a payroll deduction pledge.

By now you should have received a campaign directory and pledge form, or information on how you can access all campaign materials via the campaign’s website. If you have any questions or concerns about the campaign, please call the Campaign Director at 860-402-8430.

Thanks to all of you, your generosity shows how we are able to help create a solution to a better tomorrow.

On behalf of the CSEC campaign committee, and the more than 700 participating charitable organizations, thank you for your support and contributions.

Sincerely,

Denise Merrill
Secretary of the State
2013 CSEC Statewide Campaign Chair