WHY I GIVE
I give to the Stony Brook Cares/SEFA United Way Campaign because I know that for
myself and my husband, we don't always have the time to volunteer, as hard as we may
try and as much as we may want to. By giving to the Stony Brook Cares Campaign, it
makes me feel like we are contributing, even in a small way, and doing our part to
make a difference. I have chosen to give to the September 11th Families Association.
They focus on providing support and information to the September 11th community. Just
last September, more than 600 employees from companies that were directly impacted
by 9/11 gathered together to assemble bikes for 550 children whose fathers are serving
in the 75th Army Ranger Regiment. It is this type of impact I am honored to be a part
of and the Stony Brook Cares Campaign gives me that avenue.
Human Resource Services
Why do I contribute to SEFA? The charities SEFA supports are local. There are an extraordinary
number of charities to choose from and I can direct my contributions to specific charities
as I see fit. Knowing that my contributions are staying on Long Island and supporting
local people gives me an excellent feeling. And collectively the University community
becomes a greater force for good within our communities. I also like SEFA because
it is an easy way to coordinate my charitable giving. I can donate on a bi-weekly
basis, which is great for budgeting. By the end of the year, my small set-asides add
up to something significant. And my contributions are easily tracked for tax purposes.
Giving to Stony Brook is like investing in home improvement for us – it has been our
academic home for 36 years. We are passionate about giving to Stony Brook because
we are ourselves products of public university education. Stony Brook has pioneered
a flourishing model of university-community collaboration for mutual benefit – the
Mattoo Center for India Studies.
Over 20 years, combining academic excellence and public outreach, the Center has extended the intellectual and cultural horizons of our campus and community, including educating more than 20,000 students.
S.N. Sridhar, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Linguistics and India Studies
The Stony Brook Cares/SEFA United Way Campaign is just one more great opportunity
for us to give back to our community! This year I have chosen two charities that
are near and dear to my heart.
We strongly believe that the
Stony Brook Child Care Center was an important component to our daughter's success in later years. They teach tolerance, multiple
cultures, songs and words in several languages, acceptance, proper social interactions
Martha Zadok, Assistant to the Chair, Department of Music
Erez Zadok, Associate Professor, Computer Science