Louisville, KY, August 17, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- State employees rallied in Frankfort this week for the annual Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign (KECC) kick-off held at the Kentucky Historical Society. The KECC was established in 1993 as the charitable campaign for Kentucky state government employees.
Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet Ambrose Wilson IV spoke at the kick-off defining the campaign vision and the importance of state employees in funding local charities. Wilson serves as this year's KECC chair.
“I am truly a believer that we all have a vision for ourselves and we have a vision for each other,” said Wilson. “We are all going to be successful. All going to get through life on our own but it doesn't always happen that way. I am firmly convinced that through no fault of our own, no faults of other people, that from time to time people need help.”
Last year state employees answered the call to service to help Kentuckians across the state through KECC donations totaling more than $1.2 million. This significant contribution was not lost on Wilson who said there were times he needed assistance over the last two years. Wilson noted help for Kentuckians exists through charitable programs KECC supports.
A highlight of the kick-off was the announcement of this year’s KECC goal of $1.225 million. “Our call to service,” said Wilson, “is to contribute wherever we can to help make a difference,” adding, “I know we can do that.”
Officials said the annual campaign represents over 1,000 charitable programs through seven state-approved federated organizations: Christian Appalachian Project; Community Health Charities; KOSAIR Charities; March of Dimes; Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky; United Way of Kentucky; and WHAS Crusade for Children. Employees may pledge through payroll deduction thereby spreading gifts over the course of a year.
Secretary Wilson closed his remarks by recognizing the success of the KECC program and how state employees make a remarkable difference in the lives of Kentucky families, friends, and local communities.
“We are going to be successful and when successful we are going to help people that we don’t know, never will know, but I promise you that you will touch lives and you will make a difference,” he said.
For more information, state employees should contact their local cabinet campaign coordinator or campaign volunteer. More information on the Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign is available at www.kecc.org.