Giving is rewarding! NIH is kicking off the 2005
Combined Federal Campaign with two events in November for off-campus
staff. Each will focus on the campaign theme, "Be an Everyday Hero."
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, a Latin theme will heat up the lunchtime festivities
to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, open to all NIH employees
located in the Rock Spring complex, will include continuous shuttle
service for employees who work in Democracy, Rockledge I & II,
6700B, 6610 and Fernwood. Get ready to see flamenco dancers, dine
on a tasty selection of foods and desserts from local restaurants
and sway to saucy Latin music provided by Mariachi Las Americas.
CFC mascots Sassy and Salsa, the dancing Dalmatians, will lead
the conga line. Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance
to win fabulous door prizes. For more details, see http://cfc.nih.gov/cfc/rockspring.asp.
|Several charities set up information
booths at the kickoff. Margie Zarbon (l) tells a keyworker
about Global Impact, a not-for-profit organization that represents
more than 50 charities that provide disaster relief, education,
health training and economic programs in developing nations.
||Ardell Jackson, NIAID assistant
coordinator, speaks about his dedication to assisting others,
including how he helped a troubled boy.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the final luncheon
will be held for those NIH'ers who work along Executive Blvd. Prizes,
music, food and fun are planned. For more details, visit http://cfc.nih.gov/cfc/executive.asp.
Kick-Off Event a Success
||Local news reporter Jill
Sorensen was master of ceremonies at the 2005 CFC Kickoff.
||James Mabry's selection
of blues tunes gives the kickoff a lively start.
On Oct. 5, hundreds of CFC keyworkers were treated to a gala kickoff
at the NIH firehouse, complete with inspirational speeches and
a blues guitarist livening up the festivities. Keyworkers are NIH
employees who volunteer their time to make the CFC a success. At
the firehouse they had an opportunity to meet representatives of
local charities and hear some real NIH everyday heroes tell their
stories. Afterwards they gathered at outdoor tables to meet fellow
keyworkers over lunch. Local TV news reporter Jill Sorensen served
as an inspired master of ceremonies for the event.
In his opening remarks, NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni called
NIH "the National Institutes of Hope." He noted, "It is very important
to continue to do what we do best — give hope."
As leader of the 2005 NIH campaign, NIAID director Dr. Anthony
Fauci reminded everyone that NIH is not only about big discoveries
but "NIH is a team and a family with generosity and passion of
spirit." He encouraged everyone to give to their passion by making
a payroll deduction to help those who are less fortunate.
"Everyday hero" Ardell Jackson of NIAID's intramural Administrative
Management Branch and Margaret McCluskey of the NIAID Vaccine Research
Center presented their stories. Jackson, a volunteer since high
school, related how he mentored a young boy who was going down
a self-destructive path. The boy has since turned his life around
and will graduate from college next spring. Said Jackson, "It's
made a difference in his life.and in my life."
|Margaret McCluskey of the Vaccine Research
Center, who has volunteered in Rwanda, Kosovo, and most recently
in Mississippi, shares her insights gained through helping
Taking action and making a difference is a life-long theme for "everyday
hero" McCluskey, manager of clinical operations at the VRC. She
has worked with Rwandan refugees, trauma-scarred Kosovos, kids
in Chicago and, most recently, Katrina survivors from Mississippi.
McCluskey said, "None of us is immune to need." She encouraged
the audience to take action to make a difference because "thoughts
don't change fates — actions do."
She reminded those listening, "When you receive the CFC envelope,
there are several choices. You can open it, read it and put it
into a pile for later. Or you can sign it and reach out. Thoughts
that don't turn into decisions stay just thoughts. If each of us
makes a personal decision to help we will have found our way...of
being heroes every day."