Combined Federal Campaign lets employees show charities some love

Overseen by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the workplace giving program of the federal government. Officially kicked-off at NAS Patuxent River Oct. 21, the program is underway through Jan. 12, 2020 with the theme “Show Some Love.”

There are an estimated 20,000 vetted nonprofit charitable organizations in the CFC, and the funds raised each year through the campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world. In addition to pledging money, federal workers can also pledge volunteer service hours.

“The charity listing, both in print and electronic formats, identifies charities that are participating in soliciting volunteer time from federal employees,” said Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller Nelson Hercules, NAS Patuxent River installation CFC coordinator. “Donors can search charities that offer volunteer opportunities and indicate the number of hours they would like to pledge to the charities of their choice. Visit the CFC Donor Pledge System at opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC to search for those charities.”

To make your donation online, visit the local Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign at cbacfc.org, or the Office of Personnel Management at opm.giv/showsomelovecfc. While most donations are now processed online, there are still paper pledges available should anyone prefer that method.

“Paper pledges are still welcome and can be obtained at cbacfc.org,” Hercules noted.

Each command across Pax River has appointed “key workers” whose responsibilities include keeping their leadership informed, organizing command events, connecting via social media, collecting and processing paper pledges, and answering questions. If you don’t know your command CFC representative, contact Hercules at nelson.hercules1@navy.mil for their contact information.

Through the CFC, federal employees demonstrate their commitment to public service extends beyond the workplace. Last year, participating personnel contributed more than $93 million to thousands of local, national and international causes in both funds and volunteer time, according to a July 9 memo from the OPM. Overall, in its 58-year existence, CFC has raised more than $8 billion for charitable organizations.

“The CFC is an excellent opportunity for all federal employees to make a difference in the community,” Hercules said. “We can invest progress in nonprofit work that provides health and human service benefits locally, regionally, and throughout the world by giving to the charitable organizations of our choice. It’s a good way to promote and support philanthropy through the workplace.”