Education

ALMARIS ALONSO

ALMARIS ALONSO
Department/Agency

FDA-CFSAN

Cause Area

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Mom, Wife, Scientist, Mentor, Inclusive Leader, and Children's Book Author

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

This year I have selected:
The Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities (HACU [Charity #10477]) and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF [Charity #11502]).
I have been a mentor for disadvantaged students since 1996, while supporting organizations that help them access educational opportunities. Through mentoring, I have been a firsthand witness of the positive changes in all these students’ lives. For example, some of the students I mentored from vulnerable communities have completed a graduate level education and/or are pursuing a graduate degree in a STEM educational program. In 2009 I led the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities (HACU) at FDA New England District and two talented students were supported through a HACU summer internship. Supporting and mentoring underrepresented students in a STEM disciplines is more than a simple commitment; It is my passion.

Why do you give through the CFC?

My contributions are sent safe, while giving back to vulnerable communities facing gaps within their educational systems.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

Supporting underrepresented students advancing in their education through scholarships and/or programs (e.g. travel grants, housing, stipend).

SFC Heather Henry

SFC Heather Henry

CFC Zone

Department/Agency

Army

Cause Area

Profile

Wife, Mom, Soldier, Hiker, Reader

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

"Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program

I feel that all children should be encouraged to read. Growing up I was taught that reading was fundamental. Now that I'm older I appreciate my family instilling that moral in me. Reading is fundamental but it is also inspirational, encourages critical and creative thinking, builds social skills and expands your vocabulary. "

Why do you give through the CFC?

I give through the CFC because it's automatically deducted from my check so I never forget to give and there are so many great organizations that I learn about each through CFC's wide range of organizations.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

Every contribution that I give to CFC provides children from low- income families with 12 new books to encourage and improve reading while supporting literacy.

PO Georgia Wray

PO Georgia Wray

CFC Zone

Department/Agency

Navy/DON/AA

Cause Area

Profile

Character, Compassionate, Motivated

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

"I am most passionate about childhood education.

Children are the future and I believe that we should always invest in them. Educating our children means a better future for all. It is also a preventative tool for many problems that we have in society. Education is not necessarily limited to formal education but all facets of life. "

Why do you give through the CFC?

CFC is one of the easiest ways to give back to my community financially.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

Financially supporting these organizations ensure that they receive funds to improve facilities, materials and assist in funding extracurricular activities for students.

Loretta Grey Cloud

Photo of Loretta, Indian Health Employee
Department/Agency

DM/EEO Indian Health Services

Cause Area

Profile

Indigenous matriarch, Mother of two, Health and Wellness advocate

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

American Indian College Fund

American Indian youth running strong

Why do you give through the CFC?

I give through CFC because they make it so easy!

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

I know from experience that the American Indian college fund gives scholarships to American Indian students as I’ve received several during my undergraduate years.