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Teacher deems it an ‘honor’ to work with Combined Charities Campaign

2015 October 8
by HISD Communications

j99252_2016_CCC_jpeg5As a fourth-grade teacher at Anderson Elementary School, Linda Burks already has a busy schedule. But when the Combined Charities Campaign rolls around, she’s always more than happy to serve as her campus’ coordinator.

“Serving as the Combined Charities coordinator at Anderson Elementary is an honor, not a chore,” she said. “I feel I have a mission to accomplish for my school and the district.”

And Burks has been successful in accomplishing that mission. Last year, Anderson Elementary was one of the top contributors to the Combined Charities Campaign. Burks, along with Principal Roslyn Vaughn, said they try to talk to each campus employee individually to encourage them to donate. In the process, Burks said, she’s learned some of the personal and touching stories behind why her coworkers choose to contribute.

“We have a school culture where faculty and community are joined together to help one another,” she said. “Anderson Elementary is a school that reaches out beyond the school yard, and giving for various causes is contagious at Anderson.”

Her top tips for other coordinators who are motivating their departments to share their good fortunes: be sincere, be knowledgeable of the foundations and charities, and be the first to give.

“When you have a cause you truly believe in, it doesn’t take much to convince you to give to Combined Charities,” Burks said.

For a complete list of federations and charities, as well as the donation form, click here.

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