The thousands of employees at DOT are always a source of inspiration for me. I'm consistently impressed by their professionalism and dedication to their work, and I'm amazed at what they're able to accomplish on the job. But I'm even prouder to say that the people here are committed and caring individuals.
That's why I'm looking forward to the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for the National Capital Area. The CFC brings out the best in our employees - and more importantly, our annual federal employee giving program serves a crucial role in delivering services to people who need it. It's the largest workplace charity program in the country and has raised more than $6 billion since 1961.
Yesterday, I joined Deputy Secretary John Porcari and a number of our administrators to officially kick off the DOT's participation in the 2011 CFC. We had the opportunity to meet representatives from some of the agencies involved and hear about how the generosity of federal employees helps their organizations and their clients.
My favorite part of the campaign is that our employees go to such creative efforts to raise money and get involved. At yesterday's CFC launch, the Maritime Administration raffled off gift baskets for donations, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration team sold cotton candy, which was a real crowd-pleaser.
For federal employees, contributing is incredibly easy. Just log into Employee Express and click on "Combined Federal Campaign." You can direct your donation to the general fund or to the specific charity of your choice.
Meeting the volunteers from Student Veterans of America, photo courtesy Joe Kohler
The CFC reminds us that we if we all pitch in together, we can make the world a better place, particularly in tough times. I know the DOT family takes this to heart and understands that we all share a responsibility to help those who are less fortunate -- the friends, family, neighbors, and others who are in need.
As we kick off the 2011 CFC season, I hope everyone will take a moment to find a charity or organization that could use your help this year, and consider contributing however you can.