Sacramento – Northern California CFC, the local arm of the nation’s largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaigns, is urging federal employees and federal retirees to support victims of recent wildfires by making a contribution or donating time to one of the nonprofit organizations providing aid.

“Our hearts go out to our friends in neighbors in Northern California who have been affected by these recent disasters,” said June Moss, Chair of the Northern California CFC’s Local Federal Coordinating Committee. “For many years, the CFC has been a source of aid and comfort to countless people, and we’re urging our colleagues to remember the wildfire victims as they consider where and how to make their pledge this year.”

Local charitable organizations have received an outpouring of in-kind gifts and short-term funding following the fires. However, more will be needed as these nonprofits transition from short-term relief efforts to Phase 2 of their recovery plan, which includes case management to provide additional help and resources to families—including help with the rebuilding process.

“Nonprofits and public/private partnerships are meeting the short-term relief needs, but long-term recovery is always the bigger issue,” said Sara Russell, Director of the San Francisco Federal Executive Board. “Nonprofits love CFC funding because it’s a year-round, steady source of income that ensures resources are available on a long-term basis to help these individuals and families rebuild their lives—today and in the future.”

One local federal employee, Melinda Posada, is supporting the wildfire victims through the CFC because she was moved by the images of people displaced by the fires and wanted to lend support. “I’m giving through the CFC because when the news cycle has moved on and many people have forgotten, my support will still be there throughout the year. Our friends and neighbors will know we rememer them,” Ms. Posada said. “I’m also letting my co-workers know by adding the #cfccampfirehelp hashtag to my social media posts.”

Federal employees who need help identifying a CFC nonprofit organization providing relief to victims of the recent fires are encouraged to contact their local CFC Campaign Coordinator or Keyworker for assistance. Federal employees, federal retirees and contractors are all encouraged to give at https://cfcgiving.opm.gov and to use the hashtag #cfccampfirehelp to help spread the word. For more information, please visit www.northerncaliforniacfc.org.

About the Combined Federal Campaign
Established by executive order in 1961, the Combined Federal Campaign is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, raising millions of dollars each year for local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. 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 and federal retirees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. Since 1961, the campaign has raised more than $8.2 billion for charitable causes.

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