Submitted by WSECU

WSECU is offering caffeinated incentives to support the Washington State Combined Fund Drive’s (CFD) “First Week to Give” campaign happening Oct. 1-7. The effort promotes state employee participation in payroll deduction contributions to nonprofit organizations. As a CFD partner, WSECU will provide a $5 Starbucks gift card to state and higher education employees who start or increase their payroll contributions by $5 or more during the first week of the fall campaign. Employees who log one volunteer hour at a CFD member charity during the first week of October also will receive a gift card.

“WSECU was founded by state employees so we have had a long and special tie with those in public service,” said Ann Flannigan, WSECU’s Vice President of Public Relations. “We know how giving state employees are, and we wanted to fuel the campaign with a little extra motivation by providing the coffee cards as a thank you.”

The Combined Fund Drive is a workplace giving program managed and overseen by the Secretary of State’s office. Its mission is to empower Washington’s state and higher education employees and retirees to strengthen their communities through the funding and support of charities.

“I’m proud that the Combined Fund Drive and WSECU have created this partnership to benefit great charitable causes,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. “State workers are already incredibly generous, and First Week to Give provides a wonderful incentive for them to be even more so.”

The 2017 First Week to Give garnered record participation in the six-year history of dedicating a week to emphasize early contributions. More than 1,500 state employee donors contributed during the special timeframe, and 309 volunteer hours were logged. Last year, public employees contributed nearly $32,000 during the one-week promotion period.

“Not only do public employees dedicate their professional lives to serving our state’s residents, they go above and beyond by donating through the Combined Fund Drive,” added Flannigan. “It’s very impressive.”

State employees can learn more about this year’s First Week to Give as well as all Combined Fund Drive activities and events by visiting www.cfd.wa.gov.

Founded by a small group of state employees in 1957, WSECU has grown to 21 branches, 615 employees and more than $2.8 billion in assets. Credit union membership is open to all residents of the state of Washington.

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