Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Thomas Thompson

Thomas Thompson
Department/Agency

FEMA

Profile

Archaeologist and Compliance Specialist

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

With many folks in my community being on the margins of either being able to afford housing or afford food, but many times not both, I have focused much of my mutual aid donation and volunteerism with foodbanks. The number of folks within this margin have increase in the past ten years. Many of these folks keep the structures integral to my community - like public schools - functioning. The foodbanks that I donate money and time to are local Feeding America affiliates including the Foodbank of Oklahoma and the Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma. When I can, I volunteer at the local Eastern Oklahoma Foodbank distribution site.

Why do you give through the CFC?

I give to add to the collective action of supporting these important mutual aid and charitable organizations. This collective action through CFC also brings increased visibility to these important organizations and their missions. Last Holiday season, I helped to increase this visibility within my own professional cadre through promoting a holiday fundraising initiative. For this initiative, we voted on three CFC sponsored organizations to pledge monetary donations and volunteer hours and I tracked the total amounts during the month of December up until the end of 2022. The totals resulted in over $1200 raised and 9 days of volunteerism pledged for Feeding America, The Humane Society, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

This may sound a bit corny, but for me it's a pretty good feeling to work on site with other volunteers in completing the daily tasks for this kind of mission. The emotional pay is more or less immediate.

Maris Burton

Maris Burton

CFC Zone

Department/Agency

HHS/SAMHSA/DSCSD

Profile

Mental Health Counselor, Nature lover, advocate

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

I really don't have one main cause. I give to many different charities and organizations. Homelessness and hunger go hand in hand. I work to encourage others to meet the immediate needs and to work on solutions to stop the social/political/racial inequality in my community. I am also an advocate for reproductive freedom and positive mental health. I take part in events to support the National Alliance on Mental illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America of S.C. (MHA) and suicide prevention walks. I support many animal rescue and environmental groups that are not part of the CFC. I volunteer about 4-6 hours a week to distribute and share food with hungry people in public spaces.

Why do you give through the CFC?

This is my first year working for the federal government. I had not heard of the CFC before. I would be making donations anyway so, I love having my contributions taken directly from my paycheck and distributed to the organizations of my choice. It cuts down on having to remember who I've contributed and when.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

All contributions are welcome. Monetary or volunteer hours donations through the CFC can be a one time or ongoing event. Funding allows more people to be fed, housed, and advocated for.