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Sending out an SOS

CFC spotlights disaster response

Combined Federal Campaign charities provide shelter, food, clothing and comfort to disaster victims.

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is disaster response.

According to a 2021 report  by the World Meteorological Organization, during the past 50 years:

• The number of weather-related disasters increased by a factor of five.

• A disaster related to weather, climate or water hazard occurred every day, killing 115 people and causing $202 million in losses, on average.

The group blames climate change for causing more-extreme weather. The takeaway is clear: There will be stronger storms and bigger disasters in the future, and people will need help.

If you are unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

• Under “CFC Giving System” on the homepage, choose the “Online Charity Search” link.

• You will be brought to the “Find a Charity” page. The second field shown will be Select a Specific Category.” Choose “Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief.”

Page after page of charities dedicated to disaster relief can help guide your choice.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive.

The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 14.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the fourth in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: ending poverty.