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CFC season underway

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Washington, DC, Retail Associate Deborah Valentine struck a pose for a Combined Federal Campaign poster last year.

It’s time to show some more love.

This year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world’s largest annual charity drive, began Sept. 10 and runs through Friday, Jan. 11.

The CFC, led by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), allows the Postal Service and other federal employees to contribute to more than 8,000 charitable organizations.

The theme once again is “Show Some Love,” which OPM introduced in 2016.

Here are some changes:

• Multiple online pledges. Employees can use a single CFC account to make multiple pledges through the online giving portal, eliminating the need to create separate accounts.

• Federal retiree contributions. Retirees are no longer restricted to one-time donations, and they can now make recurring pledges through deductions from retirement accounts or by donating volunteer hours.

• New hire contributions. Employees who start work after the campaign ends can contribute using the online pledge portal within their first 30 days of employment, if the employee’s start date occurs from Feb. 1-Aug. 1.

“Every year, our employees answer a very important call to help those in need,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Williamson. “I’m proud of our commitment to serve and the generous support we continue to show for CFC charities.”

USPS wants employees to follow ethics rules when planning CFC kickoffs and other events.

Employees with questions can email the USPS CFC team.

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