Every Little Bit Helps

By Howard Cantor

Every year charities throughout the United States and the world ask federal employees to give during the holiday season. Despite economic uncertainty, I am proud to say that EPA Region 8 employees continue to donate every year to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for countless benefactors of their choice. CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. In 2012, federal employees donated more than $258 million dollars to charitable organizations.

Last season, EPA Region 8 employees raised nearly $150,000. Every year, a regional committee hosts various events including a chili cook-off, silent auction, and communication campaigns to promote the program. The fact that our employees continue to give despite the economic challenges we face gives me a great sense of pride. EPA’s ability to help charities through the CFC is a great holiday gift that lasts the year through. I am anxious to see what kind of magnificent contribution Region 8 will make again this holiday season.

About the Author: Howard Cantor is the Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 8. Howard joined EPA in 1994 as a Presidential Management Intern with the Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation.