Success Stories

Charles's Story

Sgt. Charles C. Nelson of the U.S. Capitol Police is a rare Washington, D.C. native. He says that he feels "blessed to have parents who worked and fought for my brother and I to have the best educational opportunities possible" while growing up in the inner city and attending DC public schools. "Far too often, other children weren't so lucky," he remembers. That is why he does whatever he can to help children striving to achieve their educational goals live up to their potential.

Mirela's Story

Mirela currently works for the Broadcasting Board of Governors. She came to the United States 24 years ago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism never dreaming she would find work as journalist in her native language for Voice of America, an agency of the Federal government which provides trusted and objective news and information in 47 languages to a worldwide audience of more than 236 million people. She credits her education as the catalyst that opened doors in her career.

Immer's Story

My cause is protecting our oceans from pollution. Growing up in Puerto Rico, the ocean was my life. I would go to beaches almost daily to fish and surf. I cannot recall how many times I have seen beaches littered with trash or going fishing and reeling in a plastic bag. After one too many of those experiences, I decided to do my part and clean up local beaches with groups of friends.

Mary's Story

My cause, access to sports for individuals with disabilities, is important to me because I have seen how much these sports programs can help increase confidence, independence, and fitness, just by reducing the barriers to participation. This cause is close to my heart because I have a brother with down syndrome, so for as long as I can remember he has been playing baseball, participating in competitive sporting events, and engaging in other sports leagues specifically for people with disabilities.

Rangam's Story

My cause is cancer research because I am a cancer survivor myself. I am surviving simply because of the tremendous amount of cancer research and medical advancements that have happened, especially over the last few decades. Funding through the CFC can contribute immensely to this cause. Most of us want to contribute, but find it difficult to do so. The CFC makes giving for Federal employees very simple and less burdensome through auto-pay deductions. The CFC is genuine and one can contribute to literally any cause of their liking.