Trumpeting the news

The Postal Service released its latest Forever stamp, Elephants, at the Elephant Discovery Center in Hohenwald, TN, on Aug. 12 — the 10th anniversary of World Elephant Day.

“We love elephants because of their physical characteristics, social intelligence, capacity for empathy, self-awareness, teamwork and because they share so many of our own best qualities,” said USPS Corporate Communications Vice President Jeffery Adams, who helped dedicate the stamp.

“What a pleasure it is to honor these magnificent creatures on World Elephant Day with a beautiful Forever stamp.”

The cheerful, childlike stamp depicts a mother elephant and calf under a blazing orange sun. Rafael López illustrated and designed the stamp and Derry Noyes was art director.

Janice Zeitlin, chief executive officer of the Elephant Sanctuary, joined Adams for the event.

“The release of the Elephants Forever stamp offers an exciting opportunity to highlight the importance of elephants as a keystone species and to help spread awareness of the challenges they face in captivity and the wild,” Zeitlin said.

The Discovery Center is overseen by the Elephant Sanctuary, the largest refuge for the pachyderms in North America. It covers more than 3,060 acres and is home to 28 elephants retired by owners or businesses. The sanctuary’s mission is to care for these retirees and to educate the public on the needs and challenges facing both captive and wild elephants.

Joining Adams and Zeitlin were Vicki Yates, a Nashville TV news anchor who served as emcee; Todd Montgomery, senior manager of external relations for the Elephant Sanctuary; Dan Ashe, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; Richard Rhoda, the sanctuary board’s chair; Breanne Black of Working Dogs for Conservation; and Crystal Nash, director of the Lewis County Public Library and Archives.

The first World Elephant Day was held in 2012 as “a day to honor elephants, to spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help insure their survival,” according to the worldwide campaign’s website.

The Elephants stamp is being issued in booklets of 20 and is available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Useful information

The Postal Service wants to remind employees of the Election Mail and Political Mail information resources available online.

The organization’s Election Mail and Political Mail Blue page has been updated with standard work instructions, checklists, stand-up talks and other materials for the 2022 elections.

In addition to the Blue page, the Postal Inspection Service has a website that outlines its efforts to protect the integrity of election-related mail.

The site, uspis.gov/election-mail-security, provides overviews of mail security initiatives — including digital security measures, government partnerships and regular security reviews — as well as tips for voters.

To report law enforcement matters regarding election-related mail, customers and employees should call the Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

Additionally, an employee guide to this year’s election and political mailing season was republished in the Postal Bulletin’s July 28 edition.

Good causes

The Postal Service is reminding employees that ethics rules and USPS policies restrict charitable fundraising in the workplace.

Fundraising at work is only allowed if it is part of the Combined Federal Campaign — the federal government’s official workplace giving effort — that usually runs from September through January.

Common examples of prohibited charitable fundraising at work include the sale of cookies, popcorn, candy, candles, calendars, wrapping paper and charity race sponsorships. Taking orders, collecting money and distributing products are all considered fundraising and are prohibited.

Postal employees may be able to collect gifts-in-kind from each other if they are participating in an authorized activity under the community service activities policy (CSAP) in Section 333.7 of the Administrative Support Manual.

CSAP authorization does not permit solicitation of money, but employees may collect toys, school supplies or other such items in support of an existing outside activity — but only from other employees, not customers.

Employees can fundraise in their personal capacity only if they are off duty and doing it outside of the workplace. Employees cannot solicit donations from their subordinates and cannot connect the fundraiser to the Postal Service.

Employees who have questions should call the USPS Ethics Office helpline at 202-268-6346 or send an email to ethics.help@usps.gov.

The Postal Service is observing Ethics Awareness Week from Aug. 15-19.