Helping others

The latest Combined Federal Campaign will begin Monday, Sept. 9, and run through Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.

The campaign, also known as the CFC, allows federal employees, retirees and contractors to contribute to more than 7,000 charitable organizations.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) organizes the campaign, which will continue to use its “Show Some Love” theme, introduced in 2016.

“We’re excited about this latest campaign. OPM has listened to feedback and implemented changes to make donating easier and more secure,” said Kathleen Harper, a human resources program and policy analyst who oversees the Postal Service’s CFC efforts.

During this year’s campaign, postal workers can use their employee identification number instead of their Social Security number on payroll deduction pledges made through the online donation system and paper pledge forms.

USPS employees pledged $7.7 million during the most recent CFC cycle, exceeding the organization’s goal by 20 percent.

The Postal Service’s CFC team is working to ensure USPS has another successful campaign.

“We’re training campaign managers and keyworkers across the country to make sure employees have the information and support they need to show more love than ever,” Harper said.

Letter Carrier Rodolfo Cortez, who serves as a CFC keyworker at the Waipahu Post Office in Honolulu, looks forward to seeing increased donations this campaign.

“I have fliers and other materials, and will be encouraging employees to give whatever they can afford,” he said. “I’ll also be reminding new employees that they can contribute, too.”

In Capital Metro Area’s Richmond District, Letter Carrier Karen Brown, a campaign coordinator, said she is excited to “show employees that the funds they donate are really going to people in need.”

Those who pledged volunteer hours during the previous campaign can fulfill their commitments before the end of the year.

Employees with questions can email the CFC team.

Money orders update

The Postal Service no longer sells international postal money orders destined for Canada, and USPS no longer cashes international postal money orders issued by Canada Post.

Additionally, Canada Post no longer sells international postal money orders destined for the United States, and the organization no longer cashes international postal money orders issued by the Postal Service.

These changes took effect Aug. 30.

Customers who have a USPS-issued international postal money order and didn’t cash it before the effective date can redeem it at a U.S. Post Office at face value.

Customers who want to cash a Canada Post-issued money order at a USPS facility can no longer do so. USPS advises these customers to return these money orders to the sender.

Keeping workplaces safe

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the Postal Service wants employees to make workplace security a high priority.

To keep your facility safe, secure entry points when not in use, always wear your USPS photo ID badge and stay vigilant by watching for individuals not wearing badges.

Additionally, you should:

• Secure unattended USPS vehicles and trailers. Immediately report stolen or missing vehicles to the Postal Inspection Service.

• Ensure alarms and security camera systems are operational.

• Maintain a master, arrow and vehicle key inventory. Ensure all keys are accounted for at the end of every day.

• Follow all procedures for mail acceptance. Report any suspicious items to the Postal Inspection Service.

• Confirm all collection boxes, lobby mailboxes and collection receptacles have current, legible Aviation Mail Security Decals (DDD-1s).

For additional information, contact your facility’s security control officer.

The USPS National Preparedness Blue page has additional guidelines and tips.

‘Job’ seeking

Link is seeking employees to showcase in On the Job,” a regular column that profiles individual Postal Service workers and their contributions to the organization.

Recent subjects have included a Merrifield, VA, lead automotive technician; an Indianapolis retail associate; a Northeast Area employee engagement ambassador; a Washington, DC, postal inspector; and a Honolulu District training technician.

If you know an employee whose job would make an interesting story, send an email to uspslink@usps.gov and a member of the team will be in touch.