Over the past 57 years, Federal employees, postal workers, members of the military services and others have been supporting local, national and international charities through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). As Director of the Peace Corps, I was honored to accept the role as National CFC Chair when asked by OPM Director Jeff Pon.
The Peace Corps and the CFC have much in common. President Kennedy launched both programs in the same year. At the Peace Corps, we seek people who are inspired by impact that is hands-on, grassroots-driven, and lasting. The CFC "corps" also seeks people who are inspired by making an impact in the lives of people and the charities that support them.
Since its founding in 1961, civilian employee and military personnel pledges totaling more than $8.3 billion have helped those in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world. Whether using electronic pledging or traditional paper forms, the "people-to-people" mission remains the same: to promote and support philanthropy through an employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective program. All Federal employees have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
We ask you to Show Some Love by making a financial pledge, or volunteering time, to one or more of the many worthy charities in the campaign. Together, we will help wounded warriors, provide medical care, feed the hungry, house the homeless, protect animals and the environment, and make a difference in countless other ways.
All contributions, no matter how great or small, can have a huge impact, and in many cases, change someone's life. The CFC harnesses our collective power to impact the lives of millions of people while honoring our individual gifts to the causes we personally care about the most.
In addition to making a pledge, we are encouraged to share our volunteer experiences, and to encourage our fellow co-workers, friends, and family to do the same. We can inspire others to support causes that matter to them.
Take a moment to choose your cause and join us as we Show Some Love through the CFC. Together, we can make a significant difference for those in need by continuing this longstanding tradition of compassion through the campaign.