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Make #GivingTuesday a Day to Remember

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It’s that time of year again—the holidays are upon us and the Combined Federal Campaign is in full swing. Last year, #GivingTuesday—celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving—was the biggest donation day of the campaign. In the Washington area, it raised approximately $1.8 million in a single day. This year, #GivingTuesday is Nov. 28, and we are looking to top that amount with the generous support of federal employees.

For a number of years now, I have had the honor and privilege of leading the local federal coordinating committee that oversees the CFC’s National Capital Area. During this time, and indeed throughout my career in federal service, I have seen the workforce’s dedication to public service and the communities in which we live.

Being in public service is about giving back.

As the largest CFC in the country, we pledged more than $47 million to support thousands of local, national, and international charities through the 2016 CFCNCA.

But the generosity of our workforce doesn’t stop there. Each year, feds donate thousands of hours of volunteer time to many charitable causes. Whether helping disadvantaged children learn to read, volunteering in soup kitchens, or building houses for those in need, federal employees help in many ways.

That’s why I am excited about the new volunteerism component the CFC initiated this year that encourages federal workers to support causes they care about by donating their time. It makes sense and is a natural extension of the work we do every day.

For 2017, our campaign theme is “show some love.” Especially on #GivingTuesday, federal employees are encouraged to donate and volunteer through the CFCNCA. Help us ensure it is the most successful 24 hours of the campaign by making your pledge on this day, and at the same time, take the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on what it means to be in public service.

While it’s not said nearly enough, your hard work and dedication are appreciated. I know that I am not alone when I say “thank you” for your generosity and for your time.

Vince Micone is the senior counselor for management and transition officer for the Management Directorate of the Homeland Security Department and chairperson for the local federal coordinating committee that oversees the CFCNCA. www.cfcnca.org

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