Civic lessons

Customer John Lewis greets Windfall, IN, Rural Carrier Angela Kemper-Grimes, one of many employees who gave back to their communities this year.

Throughout 2016, USPS employees did their part to strengthen the communities they serve.

During the springtime Stamp Out Hunger food drive, employees collected more than 80 million pounds, surpassing the previous record of 77 million pounds.

Employees also showed their spirit through Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities in October.

And throughout the fall, postal workers participated in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the government’s annual workplace charity drive.

Employees held kickoff events, shared personal stories about how CFC charities helped them, encouraged co-workers to contribute, and found creative ways to promote the campaign.

The holidays also provided employees with an opportunity to contribute to programs like Operation Santa.

Meanwhile, individual employees received special recognition for their civic contributions throughout the year.

For example, Fort Wayne, IN, Processing and Distribution Center Maintenance Mechanic Darrin Bieszke received his facility’s annual Citizen of the Year Award.

Two other Indiana employees — Windfall Rural Carrier Angela Kemper-Grimes and Centerville Retail Associate Jeff Fudge — were each chosen to carry the torch during a relay race to mark the state’s bicentennial.

“Words can’t [express] what it meant to me,” Fudge said.

The Link archive has more stories of employees serving their communities this year.