This is the transcript of the 2021 CFC Promotional Video.
Welcome to the 2021 Combined Federal Campaign:
a program of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,
one of the largest and most successful workplace giving campaigns in the world.
The CFC is an opportunity for all of us in the federal community
to pledge monetary donations and volunteer time
to our favorite charities.
This year, we’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the CFC
and the $8.5 billion raised during that time – which is just incredible!
Looking back gives us a chance to see how far we’ve come.
When the CFC began in 1961,
Alan Shepard had just become the first American astronaut in space;
the average cost of a new home was about $19,000; and
President Kennedy established both the Peace Corps and the CFC.
In its first years, the CFC started with less than 50 charities,
and today, we’re able to support more than 5,000.
The campaign is a longstanding federal tradition
that allows us to make a difference in our local communities, across the nation, and around the world.
These days, we know there are a lot of charitable giving options out there.
You may be wondering, “Why should I give through the CFC?”
One great reason is: we can give through our paycheck.
Designating a recurring gift through payroll deduction is easy and has a greater impact over the year.
We can each choose our favorite charities from the vetted charity list
and even give to multiple charities at one time.
The world is a better place when Changemakers like us give together through the CFC.
This year’s campaign theme, “You can be the face of change,”
highlights the federal employees and retirees who change the world through the CFC.
By joining this community of giving,
we add another dimension to who we already are:
family members, public servants, leaders, colleagues, and now Changemakers.
We don’t always get to see the positive impact of our generosity,
but when we do, we can clearly see why our gifts are so critical.
Let’s hear just a few of the stories from CFC charities,
federal employees, and those who have been helped.
I’m Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.
The National Park Foundation raises private money
to support programs and projects that the Park Service
couldn’t otherwise do on its own.
For instance, we are restoring the Yellowstone cutthroat trout
in Yellowstone National Park.
We are working to build trails in Yosemite National Park.
These are the things that wouldn’t otherwise happen
but for private philanthropy.
We are also working to interpret our nation’s history and culture,
including that of African Americans.
We’ve recently made investments to acquire
the birth and life homes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta.
We are also working around establishment of the
Harriet Tubman National Historic Trail and
other places that tell the story of contributions of African Americans in our country.
We are also doing that with the Latino community:
the work that we have helped to support around
Cesar Chavez’s cabin in the central valley of California
and places like the missions in San Antonio.
These are important stories that tell us about contributions of communities
that have not been told in sufficient ways.
The national parks are the perfect place to do that.
My own experience during the pandemic was I needed to get out
in a place like this, right here, in Fletcher’s Cove
along the C&O Canal in Washington, D.C.
I rode my bike along here to really reconnect with nature.
And, most people don’t know, there is a national park
probably a lot closer to you than you think.
There are many national park sites in most major cities in the United States,
many of which focus on the history and culture of our country
and allow us to connect with our past.
They’re not all big western national parks,
many of them are in our own backyards.
And, one of the great things about national parks
that I think we all experience is awe and wonder.
And, I think we’re really fortunate to have
this collection of 423 places all over our nation
that provide us this refuge in the outdoors and a connection to our past.
Federal employees understand the value of public service
and the importance of giving back to our country in ways.
I think that our national parks are one great place to do that.
When we’re standing on the overlook of the Grand Canyon,
we get a sense of our place in the universe.
When we see the bed that Dr. Martin Luther King slept on as a young child,
we realize that we all come from the same place.
We experience time with family in national parks
that connects us to each other and to a common place and a common heritage.
National parks can bring us all together.
They really serve as our common ground as a nation.
And it’s important that we all feel that we’re a part of them.
If you love these places, and you experience these places
by yourself or with your family,
consider giving back through the Combined Federal Campaign.
My name is Trina Redmond, and I am a CFC supporter.
This is my mom, Mildred, and she’s a retired Postal worker.
Honestly, I don’t know where I would be today without her.
I have a skill that I can use at any point in my life,
and I can always turn back to this special talent
that I have thanks to her.
So, growing up my experience was interesting because
I had to do things that a lot of other children didn’t have to do,
which was to interpret for my parents.
I remember when I was younger, my mom would get involved
with protests for deaf rights and deaf advocacy.
And, one in particular was with a major news station here in the city.
And, they were not providing closed captioning
so that they would have access to what’s happening on the news.
And seeing that helped me to realize: wow! There’s a lot of work
to be done out here.
I learned about the CFC as a kid.
When my mom was working at the Post Office,
it just happened to be one of those days when I went with her
to her job because she needed me to interpret something to someone,
and there were activities going on there and I was like,
“Oooh! What’s this? It looks so fun.”
And as I got older, I found out more about the campaign,
and it’s interesting now that I’m a government worker myself
that the CFC has revisted my life.
Through these charitable organizations,
things have changed a great deal because of their advocacy,
and children that are coming along now,
don’t have to experience life the way that I did as a kid.
No matter who you are or where you are in life,
either you or someone very close to you
have had to rely on a charity for one reason or another.
And it’s just a matter of thinking about what are the things in life
that are important to you, and for me, it’s charities that promote
the advancement of the deaf community, and going through
the CFC is an easy way for me to support these organizations
and I know the money is going to a great cause.
I’m Isaac Anthony. I’m a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
I was born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
I joined the military at the age of 18.
I joined the Marine Corps to follow in my uncle’s footsteps,
serve the country, help others in need,
as well as to see how far I can go in my life.
Through the Marine Corps, I’ve met many different people,
both good and bad. I’ve seen many different cultures,
many countries. Of all the places I’ve traveled,
the work I got to do in Senegal has been one of my best experiences.
The people there are amazing.
One of the main interactions I had while I was in Senegal was a clinic.
The clinic helped out sick children, adults.
Malaria and many other diseases were rampant throughout that country.
And the people who came to that clinic were usually sick kids.
I got to interact with the children, help them out the best way I can.
One of the best moments of us helping out the Senegalese in the clinic
was through the Toys for Tots in the Marines.
The experience of giving the toys to the children in the clinic
was very…it was moving, actually. It was really nice.
You can do something to help somebody else.
And, what impact you have on them can be meaningful.
It can change their day. It can make it go from good to bad.
It is important to give back through the CFC because
it provides you with the opportunities in which you can help others.
You can be a Changemaker in someone’s life.
Seeing the results from your actions, on another person’s life,
no words can actually describe how great that can actually feel.
I’m Kraig Laskowsky. I was a Marine for 20 years and retired as a First Sergeant.
I had trouble transitioning to civilian life after I went to Iraq.
And when I finally retired and got out of the military
I had a really hard time trying to find friends and fit back in.
My wife became the primary breadwinner and I became the stay-at-home dad.
It was very hard because you don’t fit in with the moms,
you don’t quite fit in with the PTA,
so there’s a difference in the culture I came from and going to.
I had a big problem with alcohol at the time.
And because of all my surgeries, they were pushing all kinds of pain killers
on me, so it shut me down and made me stay inside the house.
I was having a lot of anxiety and flashbacks.
If I went to the store, I was having problems at the store.
It was kind of chaos for me with people going around.
I knew that I was wanting a service dog, and
What we were looking for was an organization that would actually help us
not only give you the dog, but do that follow on training.
It’s hard to quantify the impact a service dog has on the life of a veteran or first responder.
My name is Nikki Charles. I’m the Executive Director at Hero Dogs.
Our mission is to improve quality of life and
restore independence to our nation’s heroes by
raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly-skilled canines
free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships.
I was matched with Hunter in 2019.
We went to the orientation and lo and behold Hunter was here, and
we went to the cages in the back and walked around, and
he was just sitting on his mat, wouldn’t talk to, you know
wouldn’t get up for anybody. As soon as I walked in,
he jumped up and came to the gate.
He came over and he sat by me the whole time during our interview.
So, he kind of found me. I had that instant connection
with him as soon as he came up to that fence.
I wanted him as my service dog the whole time.
What make us unique is our intensive training model
and our lifetime support of the partnerships. Which means
that if at any point we’ve placed a service dog with a veteran or a first responder,
if they need assistance, if the dog needs to learn new skills,
we place within a 50-mile radius of our facility,
so we can easily send a dog trainer out to work with the team
and make sure that the placement is mutually beneficial
and doing exactly what it should be doing.
It’s a lot of work for all the training here and
it’s also a lot of work when he gets home.
I probably spend at least 2 or 3 hours a day
you know just doing the things he needs done for him.
But he spends the rest of the day doing things that I need done for me.
The dogs can be taught to interrupt traumatic triggers.
We have dogs that will wake people from nightmares.
These dogs are actually saving their lives.
When I get anxious and if I tap my foot, he’ll come react.
If I cross my arms, he can tell if I’m nervous.
He’s with me every second. When we go to the store,
it’s not so much that he’s watching me so I’m not doing nothing,
but I’m paying attention to him also.
When I first got him, I was a little embarrassed to talk to him the whole time.
But now, when I get in the store, I blame stuff on him and everything else.
Well, you made me forget this and that.
He actually allows me to open up my world.
Because he needs the exercise in the morning, which allows me
to get out and get the exercise also. We probably walk at least 3 miles
every morning, which keeps me active and keeps us going good as a team.
We really try hard to train the dogs to the individual client needs.
One of the great benefits of participating in CFC is that
money comes in unrestricted and allows us to fill the gaps
that we would potentially have in our budget every year if not for those donations.
Take that. Take. Bring, bring, bring. Give. Yes! Good job.
We also have a huge volunteer population about 125 to 150
really engaged volunteers working with our dogs daily.
The best thing about my service dog is he allows me to
interact with people without the stress and anxiety.
He has been phenomenal to me. I just can’t think of living without him.
Just, it kind of opened up my world and let me go back out.
We hope you found these stories inspirational.
Imagine the countless others that could be shared over the past 60 years of giving.
The bottom line is, thousands of charities need your support.
Find one that’s close to you and the issues you care about on our website.
Ready to join in?
Here’s how you can be a Changemaker through the CFC.
Step 1: choose your cause. Whether you care about finding cures for diseases,
supporting military families, promoting equality for all, or another cause,
the CFC has charities for any cause you want to support.
Step 2: make your pledge. The most popular giving option
is through the online pledge portal. If you’ve given before,
it’s really easy to just renew your pledge.
Step 3: change the world. Thanks to your generosity,
CFC charities, like the ones we heard from earlier, will make a difference
in our local communities, across the nation, and around the world.
Thanks for tuning in! As a federal employee myself,
it means so much to be part of this caring community
that raises millions of dollars to help people in need each year.
My name is Vania Lockett.
Volunteer. And yes, a Changemaker.
Every year, I give through the CFC
to support the causes that I care about.
The CFC makes it easy for all of us to change the world.
Join me in making your pledge at GiveCFC.org today.
You can be the face of change.
Greetings everyone. And welcome to the
2021 Combined Federal Campaign also known as the CFC.
So, every fall postal workers and military personnel,
federal employees and our federal retirees come together
to raise funds and awareness for thousands of charities.
And it is a global effort, a point of pride, that is made possible
by the CFC volunteers who drive the campaign across our federal agencies.
And by you – the federal workers who open your hearts and your wallets
to give whatever you can. Thank you!
This year, the CFC celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Since its founding, the campaign more than eight and a half billion dollars
for over 20,000 local, national, and international nonprofit organizations.
Today it is the largest annual campaign for workplace charity in the world.
And you have donated in response to some of our world’s most urgent needs:
hurricane clean up and winter storm recovery, food insecurity and girls’ education.
Last year, CFC opened a special funding period to support organizations providing
relief during COVID-19. All told, federal workers gave more than $2.5 million.
It is truly a testament to your sense of purpose, that you did this at a time
when so many of you were experiencing your own hardships due to the pandemic.
But that is who you are. As federal workers, you have dedicated yourselves
to careers of service. You make a habit of going above and beyond
and I know this year will be no different. This CFC season,
you may choose to give over the course of the year through payroll deductions,
or make a onetime contribution, or volunteer your time.
Whatever you do, know that you will be carrying on the proud tradition
of generations of federal workers who have stepped up
for our communities, our country, and our world.
Again, thank you for all that you do.
May God bless you and may God bless America.