Show charities some love through the Combined Federal Campaign

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting communities across the globe, and the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) — the official workplace giving program of the federal government — is an easy way to contribute to charities that help people in need, whether internationally or right here in our own hometown.

The Chesapeake Bay Area CFC was officially kicked off at NAS Patuxent River Sept. 21. There are thousands of vetted nonprofit charitable organizations in the CFC, and funds raised each year help those in need throughout the world, across the nation, or around the corner. In addition to pledging money, federal workers can also pledge volunteer service hours.

“Through the annual Combined Federal Campaign, members of the federal family demonstrate that our commitment to public service extends far beyond the workplace,” wrote Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, in a memorandum released in September. “Last year, federal employees and retirees voluntarily participating in the CFC pledged more than $86.4 million to thousands of local, national and international causes in both funds and volunteer time.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s CFC effort is being conducted virtually, with each command appointing “key workers” whose responsibilities include keeping leadership informed, notifying personnel electronically, connecting via social media, and answering questions.

“Because so many commands are teleworking, the key worker at each tenant command is going to send emails to personnel,” explained Pax River CFC Coordinator, Fire Controlman 1st Class Jessica Barreto Mora. “Each key worker is in charge of reaching out to their own command to provide the necessary information.”

Individuals who wish to find a charity, or make a contribution, can easily do so online at https://cbacfc.givecfc.org. Donors who still prefer using a paper pledge can contact their command’s CFC key worker, or reach out to Barreto Mora.

Last year, participating personnel at Pax River contributed nearly $138, 000 to the campaign. Overall, in the past 59 years, members of the federal community have contributed more than $8.4 billion to help those in need, according to the givecfc.org website.

“Each week we’ve been posting about different causes and we want you to donate to a charity that speaks to you,” Barreto Mora said. “We hope to make the world a different place, one charity at a time.”

For the answers to any CFC questions, or for more information about the campaign, contact Barreto Mora at Jessica.barretomorra@navy.mil or by phone at 424-240-3770; or email Sharon Cenate at Sharon.cenate@navy.mil. Follow the Chesapeake Bay Area CFC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cbacfc/