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State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA)

President's Letter

November 18, 2013

Dear Members of the Downstate Community,

Just one year ago Hurricane Sandy changed the face of Brooklyn and the Downstate Community.  SEFA agencies went into the breach to provide shelter, food and in the days that followed, heat.  It was those agencies that meant the difference between life and death for many of our friends and neighbors.  It was and remains your generosity that makes the difference in so many lives.

The Agencies of the State Employee Federated Appeal (SEFA) depend upon you to support their efforts, whether in a crisis such as Hurricane Sandy or the everyday acts of feeding the hungry, counseling troubled youth, protecting the environment, or sending doctors all over the city, state and the world.  Downstate's generosity has been a shining star in the New York City region, and it is so important that we do not forget those in need.

SEFA is a voluntary program supported by NYS for charitable giving.  Your commitment to one or more of the hundreds  of SEFA not-for-profit health and human services agencies through payroll deduction helps to make the organizations you support better able to serve those in need.  Online giving is quick and easy and no one need know but you.  But paper campaign forms will available for those who wish to give that way.

Our SEFA Leadership team is headed by our Campaign Managers and more than 100 of you who volunteer your time to be the fundraisers and do the things necessary for a successful campaign.

Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.


John F. Williams, MD, EdD, MPH