Cheerful charity

The Combined Federal Campaign — the federal government’s workplace charity drive — begins Sept. 1.

All Postal Service employees, contractors and retirees are welcome to take part.

This year’s theme is “Give Happy.”

The campaign, also known as the CFC, allows individuals to easily review thousands of charitable organizations in the United States and around the globe at participants’ fingertips.

Pledges are accepted online, on paper or through a mobile app.

The Postal Service’s CFC goal this year is $5 million. Most donations are monetary, but volunteer work can also be pledged and will count toward the USPS total.

A postcard announcing the CFC kickoff will be mailed to all USPS employees.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will take part in a virtual event via Zoom on Sept. 13 and will again join with union leaders later in the season for a video message stressing the importance of the CFC.

The campaign has raised nearly $8.7 billion for its causes since it began in 1961.

The Postal Service is regularly one of the top 10 fundraisers.

Employees with questions can email the Postal Service’s CFC team.

Two for one

A sales lead from a letter carrier in Pennsylvania has resulted in two shipping deals worth more than $132,000 combined for the Postal Service.

Letter Carrier Bradley Waddell, who works at the DuBois Post Office, had a conversation with a customer who was shipping with another carrier. He then submitted a lead.

Diane James, a senior inside sales representative, followed up with the customer and closed the deals.

“Bradley’s interest in connecting with new customers and knowledge of the Leading Together program led to a win for the Postal Service,” said Sharon John, a business lead development specialist for Pennsylvania 1 District.

Sales generated from employee leads are included in the USPS Delivering for Main Street campaign to raise revenue through sales leads.

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead by Sept. 30 through LEADing Together, a new program that makes it easier to pass along sales tips.

The LEADing Together portal combines the Postal Service’s six employee lead generation programs into one.

Postal employees with ACE IDs can submit leads through the new Employee Lead Entry site on Blue by selecting the “LEADing Together” link under “Featured Topics.”

Employees who do not have an ACE ID can access the site through LiteBlue by clicking on the LEADing Together link under the “USPS employee resources” tab.

Employees with USPS-issued mobile devices can use the LEADing Together app.

Customer 360 users can click on “LEADing Together” to access the site on that platform. Letter carriers who use a mobile delivery device, or MDD, can enter leads while in street mode, under option “U.”

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about how employees can submit a lead.

Casting a lifeline

The Postal Service is observing National Suicide Prevention Month this September.

The observance calls attention to the importance of mental health care, early intervention, proper diagnosing and regular treatment to prevent suicide.

The Postal Service’s Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, has designed a package of materials as part of its 2023 Suicide Awareness and Prevention campaign that are available for download on its Monthly Focus page, including a presentation narrated by an EAP consultant.

The EAP also offers suicide prevention information, tools and resources year-round for employees at and through its Health Resource Library.

In addition to the online resources, EAP field counselors work with USPS district leaders and advisory committees to highlight suicide prevention locally.

Suicide Prevention Month is held every September and encompasses World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.

For more information, visit the EAP website or call 800-327-4968 (TTY: 877-492-7341).