Thursday, October 28, 2010

amazing colleagues

I enjoy my job.  It's very challenging and analytical.  However, I don't always get to be creative or feel like I make a difference in ways that are really personally meaningful.  To change this I have volunteered for the past two years to work with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is the only authorized charity pledge drive for Federal employees in the workplace.  Charities who wish to participate in CFC must under go an audit and then they are listed in a Catalog of Caring.  There are almost 4,000 charities to which Federal employees can donate through CFC. 

Each Federal organization receives a fundraising goal and comes up with fun ways to market CFC and encourage employees to donate towards the goal.  Employees can donate by cash, check, credit card or payroll deduction.  Federal employees around the world do this each year in the fall and donate millions of dollars to charitable organizations around the world and in the U.S.  Cool, huh?

I help run the CFC pledge drive in the Federal organization for which I work.  It's really fun and I get to be creative in coming up with ideas for marketing and raising awareness of our campaign.  Plus, it's meaningful work for me and I'm paid to do it. Yay!

Why am I writing about this on my blog?  Because today was an amazing day.  We hosted an outdoor CFC Car Show and had 13 employees who entered their classic car, or show car or bike.  They competed for a trophy by competing to see which car could raise the most money for CFC.  Basically if you liked the car, then you voted for it with cash.  It's an easy way to raise money.  We hosted representatives from CFC approved charities, who showcased the ways in which CFC has helped their organizations.  We also grilled hotdogs and kabobs, and other employees donated homemade dishes for a lunchtime potluck-BBQ.  Perfect for a warm fall day.

Here's the amazing part: in two hours we raised $1700.00 with voting for Car Show favorites and donations for lunch!  Plus, almost $50,000 was donated this week by our employees through other means of giving.  I work with such an amazing group of people and as always I am amazed and humbled by their compassion and generosity.

Today I really, really love my job!

sorry, i can't post photos of the event without going through legal rigmarole...



Angela said...

That is so cool! I wish we could see pictures!

So glad you are loving your job:)

Tara said...

AWESOME Christine!