Organizations that provide legal aid to the poor, housing, meals and support for cancer research are a few of the charities university employees are supporting as part of the 2007 Hearts of Texas charitable campaign, running through Oct. 31.
“Hearts of Texas provides a way to support organizations we admire while also making a statement about how the university gives back to the community,” said Lynda Frost, associate director of the Hogg Foundation.
Frost feels inspired to give to organizations that perform poverty-related work, like the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.
“I give to Legal Aid because having access to justice and meeting other basic needs is a threshold for being an active participant in our community,” she said.
The Hearts of Texas campaign is part of the Texas State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) and the university is the largest participant in the Capital Area.
Last year the campaign raised about $9 million, $1.9 million of which came from the Austin area and of that total, $647,000 was donated by The University of Texas at Austin’s 2,357 employees. The 2007 fundraising goal is $9 million statewide and $2 million in the Capital Area.
“This campaign is extremely important to not only Austin, but the entire state because it gives state employees an opportunity to give back to the community through a more effective gift with yearlong payroll contributions,” said Nicole Senchack, manager of the Capital Area SECC. “The state and higher education workforce is large and there is definitely power in numbers.”
Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie, who is serving as this year’s honorary campaign chair, encourages employees to “participate in this university-wide endeavor to reach out to our greater community and share with those in need the gifts we enjoy.”
Hearts of Texas participants can choose from more than 500 local, state, national and international non-profit organizations in need of support.
“These organizations represent a broad range of charitable concerns, ranging from medical research, to social services, to environmental preservation,” Leslie said. “I’m sure you will find at least a few organizations that have touched your life, or the life of someone you care about, in a significant way.”