Nov. 8, 1999 Vol. IV, No. 6

CSUN to Launch Annual State Employees' Campaign

Campus Fund-raising Effort for Needy Aiming for 500 Donors and $60,000

Energy and enthusiasm are building as Cal State Northridge prepares to launch its 11th annual Employees' Campaign this month.

A kick-off meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the University Club Lamb's Lounge.

The campaign gives state employees the opportunity to improve the lives of everyone in the community, said CSUN Interim President Louanne Kennedy. More than 300 individuals at CSUN participated in last year's campaign, raising more than $40,000 for various agencies.

The broader California State Employees' Campaign began in 1957 as a means to bring the diversity of fund-raising efforts under one umbrella-one campaign, once a year.

This year's CSUN campaign will run from Monday, November 15, through Wednesday, November 24. Kennedy, who is leading the campaign, encouraged all CSUN employees to participate and is optimistic about the university's 1999-2000 goal of $60,000 and 500 participants.

Spero Bowman, associate vice president for academic resources, who is helping Kennedy with the campaign, said this is "a great opportunity for each of us to reach out and provide much needed support to less fortunate families and children in our local community."

Added Sabrina Rife, a CSUN staff member who has participated in the campaign for the past three years, "Everyone, it seems, has at least one charity that they feel strongly about.

"Maybe it's the American Cancer Society because they've had a loved one struggle and succumb to the disease, or perhaps it's the Grant-A-Wish Foundation. One of the nice things about the campaign is that it gives us a choice. All nonprofit organizations are eligible, and we can either give through payroll deduction or a one-time contribution."

At Wednesday's campaign kick-off meeting, employees will have the opportunity to hear from some of the agencies that receive the donations. While geared primarily to team leaders who will distribute materials and discuss the campaign with colleagues, the campaign kick-off is open to all on campus.

Susan Arvanitis, a CSUN staff member who has served as campaign coordinator for Physical Plant Management's 250 employees for three years, takes her role very seriously.

"This worthwhile effort is something we can all share," Arvanitis said. "Hopefully, we can once again take pride in knowing that with a very small effort, we can give back to those agencies that have made our community a better place to be." For more information, contact Spero Bowman at (818) 677-5700.

November 8, 1999

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