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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Campus Community

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Why I Give: United Way Contributions Make a Difference

I give to several charities in the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) process, and each charity means a great deal to me. The first I like to mention is the Buffalo State Child Care Center. In 1995 after my divorce, I became a single mom and the primary parent of a 21-month-old toddler. With little, and then eventually, no child support, I needed to return to the workforce to pay the bills. I searched several places for the right child care facility for my son. It wasn’t an easy task in addition to all the other things I was dealing with at the same time. That is why I donate to the Buffalo State Child Care Center. I know firsthand the hardships of a single working parent and why quality care is vital in a child's life. It has a lifelong lasting impact.

Additionally, I donate yearly to Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, the National Kidney Foundation, the National Psoriasis Foundation, and Susan G. Komen of Western New York. These charities hold a special place in my heart and have been instrumental organizations toward the well-being of my family's lives. Donating is so easy and convenient that I think of it as a one-stop pledging process.

I like to thank the people who make this annual campaign possible and for providing me the avenue to give to all these heartfelt charities under the umbrella of the Buffalo State campus community.

Maria Garrity, Senior Systems Programmer
RITE Services

Submitted by: Thomas C Koller
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Thursday, November 1, 2018