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Oct. 5 marks the beginning of the NIH Combined Federal
Campaign (CFC). This year's theme, "Be an Everyday Hero!" reflects
the fact that it is often the seemingly little gestures — a kind
word, a caring glance, a helpful hand or a small donation — that
make a big difference in the lives of others.
|The Greentree Shelter, a part of the National Center for Children and Families, is the only shelter for homeless families with an on-site structured child care center and therapeutic child access capability in Montgomery County.
"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the call for help to support
people in need has never been more poignantly depicted than in
the images of devastation from the Gulf Coast region," said NIH
director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. "Last year, NIH raised $1.9 million
for some 3,000 charities, a reflection of the extraordinary contributions
of NIH employees. Again this year, the need is great for supporting
all of our charitable groups and the call to be an everyday hero
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Zerhouni and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director
of NIAID, which heads the campaign this year, will gather at a
CFC kick-off event with the employees who will help ensure a successful
Hundreds of deputy and assistant CFC coordinators and key workers
will be invited to attend the event. The lunchtime ceremony, to
be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the new NIH Fire House,
will include music and food, and it will be the first opportunity
for the NIH CFC workers to meet each other.
More than 3,200 local, national and international charities are
supported through the annual CFC national fundraiser. Fauci wants
this year's campaign to reflect the true generosity of the NIH
staff. "By volunteering your time to local charities, you can have
a positive impact on the community," he said. "By donating to CFC
charities of your choice, you can help finance work to save the
environment, provide food, shelter and medical care to needy families
and help poor children get an education."
You can designate one or more specific charities to receive your
donation. And, payroll deduction makes it easy to give. For more
information about the annual campaign, visit http://cfc.nih.gov.
Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman is executive director of the National
Center for Children and Families (NCCF) in Bethesda. "CFC funding
is critical for us to be able to reach nearly 2,000 children and
families during the year," she says. "Through community volunteers,
we are able to extend our reach and help more people. Our volunteers
are truly everyday heroes!"
One such NCCF volunteer is Monica Panelli, a staff scientist in
the Clinical Center's department of transfusion medicine. Each
week during the past year, she has volunteered as a tutor for children
at the NCCF's Greentree Shelter. Panelli feels strongly that it
is important to give back to the community, and, in particular,
Each of us is passionate about something. Support your passion
by contributing to CFC and make an impact on someone's life. Choose
to be an everyday hero — choose to give.