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January 2019

TDCJ employees contribute more than $942,000 to 2018 SECC

Picture of Parole Division staff, two of whom are holding piglets
In October, the TDCJ Parole Division held a "Kiss the Pig" fundraiser for the 2018 SECC. (Left to right) David Gutierrez (Chairman, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles), Jessica Dillard, Stormy Nation (holding "Bits"), Nikki Nation, Lela Smith (holding "Bacon") and Parole Division Director Pamela Thielke.

Service is not just about work. TDCJ employees consistently prove their commitment to those in need by helping thousands of disadvantaged people in Texas and across the nation. The final results of the 2018 State Employee Charitable Campaign have been calculated and during the 2018 SECC, TDCJ staff members donated more than $942,000 to their selected charities, surpassing last year’s total by $67,000.

TDCJ’s SECC Coordinator Carie Beaty commented on the campaign’s success, noting that "The impressive amount raised in 2018 reflects the dedication TDCJ staff have in helping those less fortunate than themselves. The agency’s success in the SECC is a direct result of determination and hard work. I wholeheartedly believe we will meet or exceed our goals for next year."

"TDCJ employees work every single day to uphold our core values and prove their commitment not just on the job but to those in need. I am proud of every employee who contributed to the charities closest to their hearts," said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

Charities throughout the state and across the nation will benefit from nearly $450,000 in SECC donations made by payroll deduction, and more than $492,000 in cash contributions. TDCJ works with SECC to make sure that charities are qualified to participate in the SECC and that funding support is distributed as directed by each contributor.

September and October are the designated months for the annual campaign, and 2018 marked the 25th year of SECC operations.