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MESSAGE FROM THE LFCC

Mr. Michael E. Whitelock-I
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Chair of the 3 Rivers/Pennsylvania West CFC

It is a privilege to serve as the Chairperson for the 2016 3 Rivers/PA West Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). As Federal workers, Postal service employees and Military personnel, our participation in the CFC is essential to the campaign which raises over $177 million for charity annually.

The CFC offers federal personnel an easy way to support charitable organizations in their community. Participating charities depend upon contributions to provide essential services here at home and around the world. Whether you give by payroll deduction, check, cash, or credit/debit card, your pledge makes so much possible for so many.

This is an exciting year for our local campaign. We are proud to announce the merger with the Chambersburg Area CFC. The new CFC *region includes Federal and Military agencies and Post Offices in Adams and Franklin counties.

This year’s campaign offers a wide choice of charities to choose from – more than 18,000 local, national and international charities are in our campaign this year. This includes charities outside our campaign area known as the “CFC All-Around Giving” option, implemented a few years ago, which is wildly popular, allowing personnel to pledge to charities in their hometown, or other locations they have a personal connection to. Only local charities that are in the 3 Rivers/PA West CFC are listed here in our print directory. To find a charity outside our campaign region, visit our website www.3riverscfc.org and click on the “Charity Look Up” tool. You can place the charity’s code on your pledge card or donate online.

The 2016 local goal is to raise $1.1 million and I encourage you to use e-pledge/online giving as it will make it easier than ever for you to support your chosen charities. Online giving will further reduce the 3 Rivers/PA West CFC’s administrative costs so that even MORE of what you pledge goes directly to the charity or charities you support. Online pledging is available through DFAS MyPay, Employee Express (EEX) or CFC Nexus and includes ALL CFC charity codes.

On behalf of the 3 Rivers/PA West Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC), we invite you to serve humanity this year by giving on behalf of the CFC and look forward to making more powerful and positive impacts in our own communities than ever before. We look forward to working with your agency CFC Campaign Manager and Keyworkers as we collectively do our best to make the impossible, possible for so many. Let’s “Show Some Love” to our Causes!

Thank you for making a difference.

Sincerely,

Mr. Michael E. Whitelock-I
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Chair of the 3 Rivers/Pennsylvania West CFC

*3 Rivers/Pennsylvania West CFC serves all federal agencies and branch offices in the following counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lawrence, Mercer, Mifflin, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties (PA). Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, and Wetzel Counties (WV). Belmont and Monroe Counties (OH).

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3 RIVERS/PA WEST CFC PROUD OF CAMPAIGN AND FEDERAL EMPLOYEE SUPPORT

It has to come to our attention that OPM has released a memo (March 2012) informing LFCC and PCFO not to expense charity funds towards food, entertainment, etc. This was enforced due to an audit on the National Capital Area CFC. You can review the audit and expenses in question through the link (http://www.opm.gov/About_opm/reports/AgencyComments.asp).

Please know the 3 Rivers/PA West CFC can account for all expenses. We have used minimal funds in the past to assist with food at the breakfast awards event, charity kick offs, and other appreciation events. Under the new regulation, no funds can be used for such expenses.
          
I again want to assure our donors that our CFC is very proud of our campaign and we try to keep our costs to the minimum in order to run a successful campaign across our large region. Our charities are aware of the CFC Administrative Fee, but are grateful to our service because they could never reach 20,000+ Federal Employees at such a low cost. Our administrative fee fluctuates between 8-11% annually. Costs include printing, mailing, annual audit, salaries, website, software, travel, phone, and other business related expenses.

Below is an email from OCFC/OPM. As always we welcome any questions. Through the CFC, federal employees have raised over $8 Billion for charity. For more information visit http://www.opm.gov/About_OPM/reports/CFC-NCA-OPM-STATEMENT.pdf

Sincerely,

Amy Ervin - PCFO