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December 2018

Charity drive launched with high spirits

It was with high spirits that organizers of this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) launched the fundraising drive at NIEHS. Their energy helped spread the word throughout the institute about the drive and the charities — from local to global — who are part of it.

The Oct. 24 kickoff, led by the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT), reflected the campaign’s theme of Show Some Love, as well as inspiration from the Halloween celebrations.

Just a few weeks later, a charity fair on Nov. 13 provided a chance for NIEHS staff and contractors to make personal connections with organizations they could support through CFC. Co-chair Katy McGinnis and others from DERT also participated in the institute’s Nov. 7 Veterans Day celebration (see story in this issue).

Combined Federal Campaign group Volunteers from across the institute gathered at the CFC kickoff event to spread the word about ways to contribute. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Medina)

Serious needs abound

As Thanksgiving approached, DERT Director Gwen Collman, Ph.D., took a more serious tone with an emphasis on needs both close to home and at a distance. In a note to employees, she wrote, “[In North Carolina,] Hurricanes Florence and Michael caused unprecedented destruction. Sections of our state are still struggling with floods, safe housing, and safe drinking water. Additionally, there are fires and droughts in the western United States. “This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to the things for which we are grateful — family, health, career, and more. We should also think about those who need our support.”

Check out the slideshow below for scenes from CFC activities in October and November. Events continue in December until the drive wraps up at the end of the year.

Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., left, and CFC Co-Chair Carolina Medina NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., left, and CFC Co-Chair Carolina Medina, from the Worker Training Program, showed some love near the cafeteria. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Medina)
McGinnis, from the DERT Office of the Director At the NIEHS Veterans Day Observance, McGinnis, from the DERT Office of the Director, reminded the audience they can support veterans groups through CFC. (Photo courtesy of Michael Garske)
dogs at charity fair The charity fair featured four-legged ambassadors for the Patriot Rovers, one of the veterans groups participating in this year’s CFC. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
CFC Co-Chair Janice Allen, Ph.D. CFC Co-Chair Janice Allen, Ph.D., from the Scientific Review Branch, helped spread the news of the CFC launch. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Medina)
Gwen Collman in penguin outfit “PenGwen” Collman drew an enthusiastic response when she appeared in costume at an all-hands meeting to announce the CFC. (Photo courtesy of Gwen Collman)
Kelly Clemens, Needham Bryan, and Malinda Jones From left, Kelly Clemens, Needham Bryan, and Malinda Jones showed that the mail room cares. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Medina)
Komen for the Cure Representatives of Komen for the Cure were among those who provided information, stories, and inspiration at the NIEHS CFC Charity Fair. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
The rarely photographed Steve McCaw The rarely photographed Steve McCaw, who, as the lead photographer for NIEHS is usually on the other side of the camera, showed he cared. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Medina)
Charity fair attendees took a moment of cross-divisional fellowship Charity fair attendees took a moment of cross-divisional fellowship, including from left, Ravi Ravichandran, Ph.D., and Medina from DERT; as well as Vicki Sutherland, Ph.D., and Esther Mutlu, Ph.D., from NTP. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
Potential donors at info table Potential donors learned more about the wide range of organizations they may donate to in 2019 during the CFC Charity Fair. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
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