CFC Stories

Personal stories inspire and connect us as we work to reach a common objective or goal, and storytelling within the CFC can be a powerful tool as we work together to make a difference for those in need.

Are you passionate about disaster relief, veterans services, animal rights, medical research, or another great cause supported by the CFC? Behind each chosen cause is a story, and by sharing these personal stories, we create a deeper connection with each other, participating charities, and those that benefit from our CFC contributions. Choose your cause and Show Some Love by sharing why it’s important to you!

Below are some sample stories to get you started. 

Success Stories

Inaam's Story

InaamDark curly hair. Sweet and piercing eyes. The ability to engage her interlocutor with innocence and, at the same time, ancient wisdom. Inaam is a child of war. During her short but extremely intense lifetime, she has known little besides violence, deprivation and uncertainty. 

Joseph’s Story

My cause is people with disabilities because my wife has several physical and mental disabilities. We have worked with several CFC charities to educate key people in insurance and government that many forms of mental illness are as much a physical impairment of the brain as diabetes is to the pancreas. And that these disabilities and related illnesses should be given the same access to health care and necessary supplies as any other physical illness. Among the large CFC base of active duty and retired government civilians and military, many have family members with these disabilities.

Carolyn's Story

CarolynAssistant Inspector General for Audit Policy and Oversight Carolyn Hantz is a long-time supporter of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Through the CFC, Hantz supports autism charities because she is the mother of a 20-year-old son who has autism and is non-verbal.

Samantha's Story

SamanthaRecently, a CFC-funded organization ran immersive college preparatory programs for service members transitioning from the military to college. Samantha, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was one of the participants at Georgetown University. This is her story.

A little over a year ago, Samantha encountered a crossroads that inevitably all service members must face – what would she do now that her active duty tenure had ended?

Marissa's Story

Marissa at a military event.

Marissa joined the United States Army in 2004, where she trained to become a military police officer and was then sent to her first duty station at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Her unit had already deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, and Marissa quickly joined them – they were tasked with the training and security of multiple Iraqi police stations. 

Aaron's Sory

AaronAaron’s father lost his life while he serving his country in the U.S. military. Since then, Aaron found himself struggling. This hardship is a reality that many children with one or both parents in the military find themselves facing. 

“I often wondered if anybody in America cared about me or the thousands of kids like me,” Aaron said.

Tim's Story

TimTim was a proud 25-year-old Marine serving in Iraq in 2006. “Being a Marine is indescribable. I thought I was tougher than anyone I came across,” Tim says. “Even though I was only about 150 pounds, I thought I could take on the world!” 

Ryan's Story

Ryan After being severely injured in Iraq in 2006 by an improvised explosive device, Ryan, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, has had to learn to do many things all over again. 

“Before… I was very physically active, playing multiple sports – including swimming, white water rafting, football, wrestling and basketball,” Ryan says. His injuries, however, made it difficult to continue these activities.

Mariam's Story

MariamRaised in an impoverished village in Armenia, Mariam has hardly left her home in nearly 20 years. Confined to a wheel chair because of her cerebral palsy, Mariam never went to school or learned to read and write. She spent her days sitting outside, looking for children to talk to as they passed by and inviting them to play.

Patricia's Story

builders Imagine being homeless for over 10 years, gradually losing hope of having your own home. That was Patricia’s life until very recently – switching back and forth between a homeless shelter and the streets, year after year.

Marie's Story

marie Just two months after burying her mother, Marie lost her fiancé as well. They were together for 10 years and had a three-year old daughter and a son on the way. Marie soon lost her job due to a contract loss, and then her apartment too. Her stable life quickly began to unravel. Marie turned to her grandmother, who raised her, for a temporary place to stay. 

Nub Chin's Story

Nub Chin Nub Chin and her family currently live in a malaria endemic forest in Kratié Province, Cambodia. Many of her fellow villagers are smallholder farmers who work on their farms daily in order to make a living, so malaria has the potential to significantly impact their work life when it goes untreated.

Mark, a Veteran's Story

mark Veteran By now it is no secret that the transition from military to civilian life poses several challenges to countless veterans. These challenges can compound when veterans enter academia after several years removed from formal education. One CFC-funded organization helps student-veterans confront challenges head-on while cultivating the skills and confidence required for success in the classroom.

Rocky’s Story

Vince and Rocky As an advocate for the cause of animal welfare for many years, I finally adopted my first dog from a greyhound rescue. I adopted Rocky in January 2015 from a CFC charity that rescues greyhounds from being euthanized after their racing careers end. Rocky was six years old when I adopted him and really underweight for such a large dog. He was returned to the agency for undisclosed reasons by a family who had previously adopted him. But that didn't matter to me! Rocky was a beautiful boy, and I was more than eager to adopt him and bring him home. 

Ryan and Luke's Story

A service dog stands with his soldier. While working at a military medical center, Julie, a music therapist and wife of military veteran Ryan, was introduced to the executive director of a CFC-funded organization. She kept in contact and, during this time, she learned about the organization and talked often about visiting the dogs that were in training at the end of her day.

George's Story

George  After 23 years in the military as a Navy SWCC boat operator transporting Navy SEALs, George has seen some tough fights. Right now, though, he is fighting for his life, as ALS has taken away his body’s ability to move, speak and breathe.  

Mark's Story

Mark Imagine living on the streets. Where are you going to sleep? Where are you going to get your next meal? Where are you going to wash your clothes? 

These are the exact decisions that Mark found himself navigating each day since 2011. Thanks to a charity supported by funds from generous CFC donors, Mark recently got back on his feet and no longer has to ask himself these questions.

Adel's Story

AdelWhen he’s not in school or playing, 11-year-old Adel makes about five trips a day to the water pump located at his school. He often goes with his two little brothers to get the water that his family of six requires for their daily needs, such as cooking, washing and drinking. 

Ndumiso's Story

Ndumiso and EbenezerOne day, a young man brought his sister to a CFC-supported organization campus, seeking help for her poor eyesight. He found himself being helped, as well. 

In a recent intensive surgical launch of comprehensive and restorative eye care services, 22-year-old Ndumiso accompanied his 7-year-old sister, Ebenezer, to the organization’s campus in central Swaziland, Africa.

Hugo's Story

HugoHugo proudly served as a soldier in the United States Army and deployed to Iraq in 2004 to serve his country. Upon arriving to Baquba, Iraq, as a member of the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the “Big Red One,” they immediately took on responsibilities that included security patrolling, VIP escort duty and guard watch. On June 21, 2004, Hugo’s patrol was ambushed and he was shot, once in the back and once in the arm.

Mint's Story

Mint Two-year old Mint, who had not yet even raced, was diagnosed with a displaced slab fracture that could cause arthritis and degenerative joint disease. If surgery could be performed and healing time was available, Mint would recover. Unfortunately, the owner could not afford the surgery or rehabilitation, and would need assistance in order to save Mint. 

Audrey's Story

Audrey's photoWhen Audrey was just eight months old, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Audrey’s family was referred to a CFC-supported research hospital, where her treatment included chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor, a bone marrow transplant, radiation therapy and antibody therapy.

But on the last day of Audrey’s treatment, scans showed that the cancer had returned. 

“We were devastated,” said her mom, Corinne. 

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.

Natasha's Story

My cause is veterans. I am a veteran and I come from a family of service members dating back to the Korean War so I have a personal responsibility to help my fellow comrades through personal service and donating to organizations that support our service members through CFC. When I was first discharged from the United States Army, entering the workforce proved to be lot more challenging then I had anticipated. I realized quickly that I was not alone and many veterans had difficulties in trying to find jobs as a civilian.