Greater New Orleans Area CFC

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I Make It Possible
September 1, 2013

Dear Fellow Federal Employees,

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I am proud to serve as your Chairman for the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for the Greater New Orleans Area. In fact, I volunteered to serve as a leader of this campaign, because I believe so strongly in the difference we can make in our communities through the CFC.  This year’s campaign runs from September 1, 2013 to December 15, 2013.  Please consider lending your support, either through your time, your financial contributions, or both.

 I grew up in New Orleans and became a federal employee in 1993, not long after graduating from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  At my in-processing, the Human Resources person told me two things I’ve never forgotten: 1) always contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan to take care of your future, and 2) strongly consider giving through the CFC to help someone else.  I took his advice to heart and have kept up both every year.

Over the years, I didn’t think much about the actual difference CFC might make, mostly because I couldn’t put a face on it.  Well, at least not until August 2005 and Hurricane Katrina.  By that time, I had moved away and was working in Washington, DC.  I remember very clearly speaking with my father the morning of August 29th, and saying “I guess we dodged it.”  He told me otherwise and started talking about levee breaks, including one on the London Avenue Canal which ran just behind the back fence of our family home. 

Little did I know, at that moment my parents, extended family, former co-workers, and many friends, would not only be impacted by the disaster, but benefit from the organizations supported by CFC.  My parents, like many others, received meals from the back of Salvation Army trucks while cleaning out their home.  They visited a Goodwill store while evacuated to purchase clothing, since they had left town with only a couple days’ worth of outfits.  Many of my friends and co-workers received assistance we never would have imagined would be needed.  Whether it was temporary housing, clothing, food, crisis counseling or something else, the organizations supported by CFC were there when our community needed them.  The same was true after the BP oil spill and again last year in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

I recognize these are tough times for many people.  On a national level the federal workforce is a frequent and easy target for criticism.  We can show through our leadership that ‘good enough for government work’ means excellence and not the bare minimum.  Last year, contributions totaled $1,289,110.  This year our goal is to increase our participation.   Let’s make a difference in our community.  If we all participate, the dollars will be there when our community needs them.


Mark A. Bologna

New Orleans Regional Office
Department of Veterans Affairs



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Greater New Orleans Area CFC (CFC 0372) Boundaries: Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, and Washington Parishes in Louisiana.