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Volunteer Roles

Volunteers are vital to the SECC!

Volunteers have been leading efforts to support charities serving North Carolina residents since 1985. Thanks to the leadership of these volunteers, state employees have contributed more than $110 million to participating SECC charities.

Campaign Leaders:  Department Executives & University Chairs

Established in 1998, the Department Executive and University Chair Program serves as a vital link between campaign volunteers and the Administration and campaign coordinators. Department Executives and University Chairs are talented, motivated, energetic leaders who serve as advocates for the campaign and its impact on North Carolina communities. These critical volunteers manage the campaign for their agency or university and work closely with team captains and communications staff to ensure all state employees have the opportunity to participate.

Department Executives are appointed each year by their agency head, and University Chairs are appointed by the Chancellor at each of the state's 16 state university campuses.

Your Role as a Department Executive/University Chair

  • Recruiting or facilitating the appointment of SECC team captains for each division/location of the agency;

  • Meeting with team captains prior to the start of the Campaign to discuss your campaign;

  • Communicating weekly with team captains on Campaign progress;

  • Coordinating with the PIO or appointed communications specialist to publicize the Campaign within the agency;

  • Working with team captains to ensure every employee in their division/location has been personally contacted by someone representing the Campaign;

  • Helping team captains address questions and challenges during the campaign;

  • Ensuring team captains tally and send forms and summary reports to the SECC office weekly;

  • Thanking all of your agency’s volunteers who helped to make the campaign a success.

Team Captains

Team Captains are the "go-to" people for educating, motivating, and inspiring their fellow employees. They work closely with Department Executives and other volunteers to plan and implement a positive and informative campaign.

Your Role as a Team Captain

  • Working with your Department Executive and PIO to plan a positive and informative campaign;

  • Personalizing your campaign to your employee group by involving your coworkers;

  • Obtaining support from management and senior leadership;

  • Ensuring each employee is given the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding their individual pledge;

  • Addressing questions and challenges during the campaign, with the help of your Department Executive;

  • Reporting campaign results by calculating and sending pledge and report forms weekly to the SECC office; and

  • Thanking all donors who pledge or donate.

PIOs and Other Communications Volunteers

PIOs and other communications personnel work closely with Department Executives and Team Captains to create and disseminate engaging communications for the campaign.