Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte bids on one of the more than 70 baskets being auctioned.

HAUPPAUGE — CSEA members are at the forefront of community involvement through philanthropic endeavors.

Many of our members are active members of organizations that raise money for those in need, including the Long Island State Employee Federated Appeal (SEFA) committee.

SEFA is a state-sanctioned, charitable, payroll-contribution program established under state finance laws. The program is open only to state employees; SEFA does not apply to local government employees.

SEFA distributes money to nonprofit organizations that provide numerous types of vital community services, including health care, services for children and senior citizens, domestic violence shelters and disaster relief.

Committee Chair Stacey Pagan displays the CSEA/AFSCME basket up for auction.

CSEA is a longtime supporter of SEFA through member donations and volunteer efforts. In our region, members once again proved our commitment to SEFA.

The state Department of Transportation’s SEFA committee recently held their annual silent auction, which raised around $1,200. All proceeds will be divided between organizations that raise money to fight Alzheimer’s and Cystic Fibrosis.

To learn more about SEFA, visit sefanys.org.

— Wendi Bowie

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Wendi Bowie

Wendi Bowie is an award-winning journalist who has focused the majority of her career on covering Long Island news. Her efforts have earned her the Press Club of Long Island Media Award for Public Affairs and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting Folio Award. Wendi was drawn to her current position as Communications Specialist for CSEA’s Long Island Region because it speaks to her strong desire to champion the rights of the common man and woman.

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