It has been said that Federal employees are big-hearted people. We could not agree more, and nothing demonstrates that caring spirit year after year better than the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the Federal government’s annual giving drive.
Today Department of Energy employees kicked off the CFC, themed “Scoring a Touchdown in Giving,” with a goal to raise $1,446,220.00 as a Department. I just wrapped up mc’ing our kick-off event in front of a packed auditorium at DOE headquarters, and listening to inspiring stories to help DOE get in the game of CFC giving. Employees heard from Secretary Chu, NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino, former Redskins player George Starke, and keynote guest speakers Greg Smith and Ollie Cantos in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
People across the country and around the world rely on donations raised every year through the CFC. In recent times, we have seen the effect that a crisis can have on people and communities. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has threatened the livelihood of entire communities. Floods in Pakistan have left hundreds of thousands homeless. Haiti is struggling to rebuild and to meet basic needs, such as food and water. And throughout America, we are still recovering from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. We know the Department and Federal workers across the nation will rise to the occasion during this CFC giving season, as they always have, and show remarkable generosity in helping those in need.
As the Department swings into full gear for CFC fundraising, we’ll post stories, photos and updates on our progress. Each program office at the Department will be competing towards reaching their goal first, and we’ll have fundraising events at our Headquarter and Germantown facilities throughout the campaign. Employees will be able to select where their donations will go from over 4,000 local, national, and international charities, ranging from health, veterans, energy, religious, environmental, homelessness and social organizations.
DOE employees can look for more information about the CFC at DOE at cfc.doe.gov, and track their progress towards scoring a touchdown in giving. For information including the participating charities, the history of the CFC, videos and photos, and how to donate online, visit www.cfcnca.org.
Bill Valdez is the Acting Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity