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OSTI Employees Are Committed to Giving Back to Their Communities

by Erin Dominick Anderson on Wed, November 30, 2016

Besides having a passion for serving our country and its citizens through broad dissemination of Department of Energy R&D results, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) employees are also committed to giving back to their local, national, and global communities in other ways.

Similar to many employer-supported charitable giving campaigns, there is an annual effort across the U.S. Federal Government known as the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  OSTI has participated for many years, with a high percentage of employees donating each campaign season.  The CFC was created in 1961 to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations, which must demonstrate standards of transparency and effectiveness in order to participate in the campaign.  Federal employees continue to make the CFC the largest and most successful workplace philanthropic fundraiser in the world.  The CFC is structured with 125 local campaigns that organize the annual fundraising effort.  OSTI is part of the Smoky Mountain Region Combined Federal Campaign.  In 2016, OSTI employees donated thousands of dollars to local, national, and international organizations.

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OSTI employees Tammy Payne
(front left), Catherine Pepmiller
(top left), and Kelly Dunlap
volunteering on the
2016 Day of Caring.

In addition to their monetary gifts, this year a number of OSTI federal employees also participated in a Day of Caring volunteer service event held on October 28, 2016.  OSTI joined more than 200 volunteers from the DOE Oak Ridge Office, DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and other federal agencies to assist CFC charities in our local community.  Teams performed landscaping, weeding, cleaning, maintenance, painting, food packaging, and other tasks requested by the organizations.  Some of the organizations helped were:

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
Emory Valley Center
Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley
Ijams Nature Center
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
Michael Dunn Center
Ronald McDonald House
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

OSTI’s support service contractor, Information International Associates (IIa) also supports payroll-based charitable giving.  On November 7, 2016, IIa kicked off a campaign to support the United Way.  IIa employees have donated thousands of dollars and supported local United Way of Anderson County events.

Citizen service takes many forms at OSTI – at both a mission and personal level – and it’s rewarding to be part of that.

Erin Dominick Anderson is the 2016 DOE OSTI Combined Federal Campaign Key Worker.

Page last updated on 2017-09-08 10:05

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Erin Dominick Anderson
Library and Information Program Liaison, Manager of the OSTI home page, STIP Liaison for BNL and LBNL