Healy, AK, Post Office recognizes “Red Nose Day”

Healy, AK, employees with their red noses – Retail Associate Kathy Hennigan, Postmaster Aleta Blanchard and Retail Associate Terri Lundgren. In the back is Sonya Hulse, cleaning contractor.

Healy, AK, employees with their red noses – Retail Associate Kathy Hennigan, Postmaster Aleta Blanchard and Retail Associate Terri Lundgren. In the back is Sonya Hulse, cleaning contractor.

Employees in the Healy, AK, Post Office helped bring attention to “Red Nose Day” late in May by wearing fashionable red noses.

“Red Nose Day” was created by Comic Relief and is meant to raise funds in support of impoverished children around the world.  NBC-TV provides a two-hour block of time to promote the cause.

Healy Retail Associate Terrie Lundgren bought the red noses and each of the employees wore them for the designated day in support of the cause.

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Paul Newman

Paul Newman

More than a film icon, Paul Newman (1925-2008) used his success as an actor, writer, producer, and director to advance his philanthropic endeavors, funding charitable causes in an effort to make the world a better place.

Founded by Newman, SeriousFun Children’s Network has helped more than 600,000 children and families in the United States and beyond. Since its inception in 1982, the eponymous Newman’s Own food brand has donated its profits – more than $430 million – to charity.

The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of Newman. The photo credit is Paul Newman photo/© Steve Schapiro/Corbis.

The stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

CFC Hero Award

Valian

For the past three years, City Carrier Jason Valian has been a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) coordinator for the Main Post Office in Renton, WA. His unique and engaging approach to his job has encouraged many others to donate to a wide variety of the charities available within the CFC program. His superior efforts also helped him earn the 2012 CFC Hero Award.

Besides providing his fellow employees with the sweet taste of fresh donuts every Friday, Valian also regales them with his CFC-oriented poems. The poetry is designed to be a helpful reminder of the value and importance of reaching out to those in need through the CFC.

In addition to the CFC Hero Award, Valian was also awarded the 2012 CFC Campaign Coordinator Award.

Here’s a sample of Valian’s CFC poetry:

“As you partake in these wonderful delights, and your senses, the sweetness ignites. Please remember the CFC campaign and be charitable without restrain. With over 3,000 charities to choose, get out that booklet and peruse. So far, we’ve had 11 people contribute, and their funds, CFC will distribute. To the charities to which they’ve designated, I feel so happy, as though I’m medicated. And over $4,000 they’ve allocated, at least that’s what I’ve calculated. So, if you’re thinking of donating, let’s get moving. Think of all the lives you’re improving. To save the environment, helping people or pets, I promise you, you won’t have any regrets.”

Bountiful Post Office Takes Caring (and Carrying) to a Whole New Level

Shelly Johnson moves parcels and flats to the case.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Coordinators and Bountiful, UT, City Carriers Michelle Snapp and Megan Hooley were on a mission to increase carrier participation and have some fun.  The “prize” that garnered the most enthusiasm was putting all CFC donors into a hat and drawing routes for local management to carry.

Supervisors Shelly Johnson and Keith Wells donned uniforms provided by generous carriers.  Postmaster Mike Carey drew Cindy Lewis’ route. When asked what Cindy, a 32-year veteran of the Postal Service, would do while Carey delivered her route, she good-naturedly remarked, “Laugh!  Maybe do a driver observation.”

A day of carrying mail increased management’s sincere appreciation for all that their carriers do, especially for their caring efforts to benefit CFC. The result was a 77.8% increase in participation over last year.

“All the credit for increased employee involvement belongs to Megan and Michelle. They’re the ones who came up with this great idea,” praised Postmaster Carey.

The 2012 Combined Federal Campaign

It’s time for the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season. This is the only opportunity for charitable organizations to solicit federal employees for donations in the workplace.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the CFC program. Since its inception, the campaign has received more than $7 billion in employee donations to thousands of charities across the world.

Last year, federal employees donated $272.7 million to the many charitable programs participating in the campaign. The deadline to submit contribution forms is December 15, 2012.

Do you think the program should be expanded to include participation by other groups such as state and local government employees?

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