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Pandemic effects

CFC spotlights children, families

The COVID-19 pandemic had a particularly harmful effect on children.

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is children and families.

An extensive data page on UNICEF’s website offers numerous reports on the impact of COVID-19 on children around the world. The pandemic:

• Intensified the hardships experienced by poor children.

• Exacerbated the learning crisis.

• Increased child malnutrition.

• Increased children’s risks of violence, exploitation and abuse.

“This is a universal crisis, and for some children, the impact will be lifelong,” UNICEF said.

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 “online charity search.”

• In the “Find A Charity” section, you’ll see “Select a Specific Category.” While there is no specific “children and family services” category in the search tool, there are several that apply: Education; Health Care; Housing and Shelter; Human Services; and Youth Development are some.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began September 1 and runs through January 14.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the ninth in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: food and nutrition.