Governor Announces State Employees, Retirees Raise Nearly $275,000 for Charity

February 11, 2014

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Feb. 11
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – State employees and retirees reflect the generous spirit of the state they serve, having raised $274,143.50 for charity through the 34th annual Maine State Employees’ Combined Charitable Appeal (MSECCA).

Governor Paul R. LePage and Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho, who served as campaign chair for a second year, recently celebrated the success of the campaign with agency volunteers and representatives of the charities and federations who benefit from MSECCA. The Governor and the Commissioner, who each donated through MSECCA, personally thanked each agency volunteer for their service to the campaign, and the State.

“The success of MSECCA is a testament of the kindness and generosity current and former State of Maine employees have for each other and their friends and neighbors,” said Governor LePage. “I am deeply grateful – as are the federation of charities – to those who made donations through MSECCA to give a hand up to those who truly need it. For some Mainers these donations brought warmth during this long and cold winter or a hand up at the right time.”

During its 34-year history, over $8 million has been raised through MSECCA, making it one of Maine’s most meaningful workplace giving campaigns.

“Year after year, donations made through MSECCA have made a remarkable difference in the lives of many in Maine,” said Commissioner Aho. “For the past two years witnessing the donations roll in, I’ve been humbled by the amount of care and compassion current and former Maine state employees have for their communities when they donate through MSECCA.”

Through the campaign, State workers and retirees show their collaborative commitment to their communities by contributing through one-time gifts or scheduled payroll or retirement deductions.

Hundreds of charities are affiliated with the campaign through participating federations, but donors can also direct monetary gifts to any organization of their choice.