CEDAR ISLAND, NC – It’s called the “Combined Campaign”, an annual event in which North Carolina state employees raise money for a variety of charitable organizations across the state. But at the NC Ferry Division’s Cedar Island terminal, a friendly competition between weekly shifts has upped the ante and brought in nearly $5,000 for charities from the Alzheimer’s Foundation to the Ronald McDonald House, mostly by satiating the appetites of hungry passengers with home-baked goods, sandwiches, and hot dogs.
On Saturday, October 19, “Shift B” will try to boost its efforts with a day-long Fish Fry & Barbecue event at the terminal. “Shift A” will try to outdo that effort on November 23 with a Chowder & Chili event of its own.
“It started out as a combined effort, but it evolved into a race to see which shift could raise the most,” said Heather Fuchs, Operations Manager of “Shift B”. “We like to say that the ‘B’ stands for ‘best’.” Gail Hunnings, manager of “Shift A”, begs to differ, but agrees that the competition has caused both shifts to step up their games. Staffers at the Cedar Island terminal work shifts of one week on, one week off.
So far, the Cedar Island terminal staff has raised $4,923 this year for a number of charities, including the Ronald McDonald house of Greenville, Duke Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the Abused Children’s Fund. The North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign was created by Governor Jim Hunt in 1984 as the official workplace giving campaign for state employees. Since its inception, the SECC has raised more than 91 million dollars for a wide variety of non-profits.