This morning, I was joined by DOT employees and representatives from dozens of non-profit organizations to kick off the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign for the National Capital Area. It was a great turnout for what I know will be another year of high participation in and generous contributions to our annual federal employee giving program.
Since President Kennedy first established the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) in 1961, it has grown into the largest workplace charity program in the United States. Each year, the CFC supports thousands of organizations that deliver crucial services to disadvantaged people in our neighborhoods and around the world. And it has raised more than $6 billion through the generosity of public servants across the country.
Last year, DOT's goal was to raise $1.43 million. And I'm proud to say we exceeded that--by almost $300,000--because more than one in three of our employees contributed. This year, we've set a higher target: $1.5 million. The goal is bigger because the need is greater. And I have 100% confidence that we'll meet it.
From now through December 15, federal employees will have the opportunity to participate in this important effort--and to encourage their colleagues to do the same. Yesterday afternoon, I did my part by pledging a contribution to Everybody Wins! DC, a local reading and mentoring program I've been involved with for nearly 20 years. It was an easy process--even for a grandfather of nine like me.
And I'm encouraging all DOT employees to do the same, by finding an organization they believe in and giving what they can. It's as simple as logging in to Employee Express and clicking on Combined Federal Campaign.
You know, given all of the problems in our world, it's sometimes easy to feel overwhelmed--like the modest sum we can contribute is no match for the sheer scale of what we face. But, we have seen it over and over again: small contributions can add up to make a big impact.
As federal employees, we're honored to make our livings in service of the American people. Programs like the CFC are a way for us to give back and improve the quality of life for those in our communities, across the country, and around the world. We can--and we will--make a difference.