I contribute to the SECC because of the extremely deserving charities that are the beneficiaries of the campaign. One such organization is Second Chance Pet Adoptions. My husband and I adopted our beagle-mix, Rosie, a little over a year ago. Adopting a pet can be challenging, but you get the rewards of watching your new best friend become more comfortable; learn how to play, and truly become a part of your family. Providing an abandoned or neglected pet with a second chance is a great mission, and no-kill shelters, humane societies, and rescues play a crucial role in saving the lives of these animals. They also ultimately enrich the lives of people like me, the proud owner of a once-neglected dog. Now Rosie lives in a loving home with her new family, thanks to the humane society that saved her life and brought us together. Your contributions to the SECC can help save those animals who cannot save themselves.
Assistant Program Manager
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I have always believed in giving to others, probably because I have been blessed to know so many generous people in my life. I was raised in a military household and saw many instances of selfless giving, sometimes literally of life and limb. And when I was 16, the Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant who lived next door to my family (and who would one day become my father-in-law) organized a blood drive with some of his Marine Corps buddies so my 80-year-old grandmother could have life saving surgery (I should add the old gal lived until three days shy of her 93rd birthday). So when I reached adulthood, married, and started my own family, I looked for ways to give back. What I found to be the best way was to donate a small portion of my salary each payday towards selected charities.
I don't always give to the same charities every year, but I do give to one or more charities annually through payroll deduction, and each year I try to give a little more. When the hurricanes devastated Florida and New Orleans a few years ago, I gave to the American Red Cross. When my father-in-law died from lung cancer, I gave to the American Cancer Society. When my own dad died from heart failure, the American Heart Association received my gift. I have adopted several pet cats over the years, variously from the local Humane Society and from other no-kill shelters and each time I have marked the occasions with a gift to these organizations.
Giving is a personal thing, and I know there are just as many reasons for people not to give as there are reasons to give. But giving to charities is my way of 'paying it forward.' And by making my donations through payroll deduction, I can budget my giving throughout the year, which allows me to give even more.
I hope by sharing these thoughts, others will better understand how much their generosity means to a whole host of charities. We can't support every charity by ourselves, but together we do make a difference!
Department of Anesthesiology
If you have a desire to give to non-profits at a national, state, or community level the SECC is a great and easy way to do it. I have been doing it myself for several years. You know your contribution is going to a trusted, non-profit organization, and the money comes out of your paycheck, in monthly/biweekly increments, so you barely even notice. Just $5-$10 a month can really make a difference for these organizations.
Caroline E. Jennette, MSW
Social Research Specialist
UNC Kidney Center
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