Scientists and staff from across NIEHS united to raise more than $93,800 for the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), with much of that going to local charities, such as the Independent Animal Rescue in Durham, and the United Service Organization of North Carolina. NIEHS contributions, combined with those of others at the National Institutes of Health, totaled an impressive $2.3 million for more than 24,000 charities worldwide.
“One of the great things about folks here at NIEHS is their commitment to the community,” said Mark Miller, Ph.D., who co-chaired the 2015 drive with colleagues Debbie Wales and Mary Jacobson. “Combine that ideal with the myriad causes associated with CFC, and the sky’s the limit for us as feds to impact the world around us.” This year’s CFC theme was “You Can Change a Life.”
A full season of opportunities
The 2015 CFC started in style with a well-attended launch, led by NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. The event was webcast live to employees and featured a bake sale with tasty treats.
The rest of the autumn season was filled with other ways for staff to give, including a 5K Fun Run and Walk, nature photo scavenger hunt, silent auction, two book sales, and the annual Fall Fest event. Funds raised by these events added to those donated through cash contributions or payroll deduction.
A culture of giving
Since 1961, the goal of CFC has been to provide federal personnel with an opportunity to share, by giving to charities around the world.
“Our employees never cease to amaze me with the level of support they show, year in and year out, for CFC,” said Birnbaum. “When there’s a need, they’re always willing to help, especially when that need involves a cause that speaks to them through personal experience.”
(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)