State employees in the north country are donating more than $119,000 to nonprofits this year as part of the annual State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA).
During a Feb. 24 awards luncheon in Watertown, four chapters in Jefferson County were honored for having major increases in giving this year. The top campaigns were Watertown Correctional, Cape Vincent Correctional, Thousand Islands State Park and Department of Environmental Control.
In St. Lawrence County, the top campaigns were Riverview Correctional, SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and New York State Police. A celebration event in Canton is being planned for later in the year.
Altogether, the 5,649 state employees in the region increased their giving by more than $8,000 this year. The number of donors increased by 30 in the three counties, even though the number of state employees dropped by 435.
“This was one of the largest percentage increases in giving for SEFA in New York,” said Bob Gorman, CEO of the United Way of Northern New York, which administers the SEFA campaign. “I hope our citizens realize how benevolent state employees are. These donations come right out of their own pockets.”