By Ms. Sandra Arnold (USACE)November 29, 2012
GALVESTON, Texas -- For decades the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District employees have been opening their hearts and wallets to support the annual Combined Federal Campaign, raising $28,383.14 this year to support those less fortunate.
As the only authorized charitable fundraising drive in the federal workplace, the annual district campaign held from Oct. 22 through Nov. 27 included local beneficiaries.
"Representatives from local charities spoke to Corps employees so they could learn how their contributions touch the lives of others," said USACE Galveston District CFC Coordinator Dr. Rose Caballero. "I believe having direct contact with recipients put a face to the organization and encouraged staff to donate."
Another significant factor behind the district's successful year was the involvement of staff volunteer CFC key workers.
"The key workers made 100 percent contact with district staff and provided them with a CFC Agency Guide and pledge form," said Caballero. "That way, nobody missed out on the chance to contribute to the charities that matter most to them."
For many of the key workers, volunteering with this program has become a yearly tradition.
Ronnie Benavides, administrative assistant and key CFC worker, accepted this responsibility more than two decades ago and quickly became passionate about the program.
"I originally became a key worker because I thought it was a way to become more involved at work and it gave me the chance to help other people," said Benavides. "I remain a key worker because I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to help others and I believe that at any given time any of us could be the person in need of help."
Over the last six years, the district has raised more than $200,000 for the CFC, directly contributing to local charitable, health and human service organizations.
"The generosity of the district continues to support numerous charitable organizations across the nation and make a difference in people's lives," said Sallese. "It is not a surprise to me that even during tough economic times the USACE Galveston District staff remains committed to helping those less fortunate."
Established 51 years ago, the CFC has become the nation's leading workplace giving program, raising more money for charity than any other annual employee-giving program.
For more information about the CFC visit http://www.opm.gov/cfc/. Visit the USACE Galveston District website at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.