Environmental Factor, October 2005, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
CFC Time Again
By Rob LeVine, NIEHS Campaign Coordinator
The 2005 Combined Federal Campaign has started. The CFC provides a special opportunity for federal employees to give to charitable CFC organizations of their choice. This year's campaign begins after a terrible disaster for our country. We are all aware of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the resulting need for assistance. Some of us have friends or family members whose lives will never be the same. Many of us may have given to the relief efforts. You've most likely heard on the news that the charities that provide on-site assistance require continuous gifts to sustain their services in addition to the immediate need. Our local charities require help as well. Locally, we have many stories of people who could really use our help.
The NIEHS CFC Campaign runs from now though early November. Giving through the CFC continues to be the best way to ensure that you get the most service for your charitable dollar, and by doing so, you will join thousands of federal employees who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Last year NIEHS donated $83,981.40 in combined contributions. This year, we'd like to improve that number. The theme of this year's campaign, co-authored by our own Debbie Garner, is "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things One Contribution at a Time."
The Campaign includes over 2,000 national, state, and local charities that you can support through the CFC. Many of these organizations desperately need your financial assistance and depend heavily on the support they receive from the CFC. When you receive a campaign brochure from a colleague acting as a CFC keyworker, please consider a contribution. You can contribute with cash, check or via payroll deduction. If you have never given before, you should be aware that the payroll deduction system works very well. When you declare your gift, a part of it goes to your charity each payday and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that your charity can count on a check every single month.
A keyworker will be assigned to your area to answer any questions and distribute the needed materials. Please contact your keyworker for any additional information and to obtain specific information on a charity. This year, through your generous donations to the Combined Federal Campaign, each of you will have the opportunity to be someone's hero by giving of yourself to help those who are less fortunate. Please consider supporting the CFC.