FEEA 2018 Scholarship Application Now Open!

November is National Scholarship Month and today we are releasing our 2018 Scholarship Application! You can read more about our program, access the instructions, and the online application by visiting: www.feea.org/scholarships. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2018.

FEEA supports its scholarship program through donations from individuals and a number of partners, including corporations, unions, and associations. We will be offering a webinar with tips for applicants in early 2018. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @fedshelpingfeds to learn more.

Honoring the Service of our American Veterans

On November 11 we celebrate the bravery and service of the nearly 20 million American veterans of our armed forces. Just under one-in-three current federal civilian employees is also an American veteran. FEEA proudly supports our federal employee veterans along with the rest of the federal civilian workforce throughout the year.

Meet Robert. Robert, an American veteran and current employee of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is pursuing a graduate degree in Geospatial Sciences while also leading his local Boy Scout troop. Robert is one of our 2017 FEEA Merit Scholarship Winners and we thank him for his service in the armed forces and at DHS.

All of FEEA’s programs are made possible by our generous individual and organizational sponsors who donate directly and pledge to CFC #11185 each year.

Volunteer for the Annual Public Service Charity Walk/Run and you could win some great prizes!

FEEA is currently recruiting members for our new “Volunteer Crew”. Volunteers help recruit participants for the Public Service Charity Walk/Run, to be held on May 6, 2018, or raise donations through their personal event page. Anyone can be a Crew member and have the chance to win some great prizes, including iPads, GoPros, and vacation gift certificates! Check out the volunteer button at www.feea.org/5k for all the details.

FEEA is offering $5 discounts to friends and family of Crew members who use their volunteer’s discount code. That means if you register by April 1, with the discount code, the cost of joining the event is just $15, plus the race site processing fee. All registered participants (in person or virtual) will get a t-shirt, and in DC participants will also get professional race timing and a snack pack at our National Harbor race site.

Please help us get the word out and sign up for your Volunteer discount code today!

Tune in to Federal News Radio’s FEDTalk Today!

Tune in today, Friday, November 3, at 11:00 am eastern daylight time to FEDTalk on Federal News Radio 1500 am in the DC metro area or stream live to hear our Executive Director, Joyce Warner, talk about OPM’s positive changes to the Combined Federal Campaign, FEEA’s disaster relief program, how to volunteer and earn prizes for the upcoming Public Service Charity Walk/Run, and when our 2018 scholarship application will be live.

What If Every Fed Gave $2 A Pay Period?

Would you consider making a $2 per pay period pledge to donate via the Combined Federal Campaign to FEEA? If everyone did we could be there for all federal families in need. It takes just a minute on the new CFC pledging system (see image below): cfcgiving.opm.gov and FEEA’s CFC # is 11185.

We at FEEA are excited about the changes to the CFC this year, especially OPM’s more transparent and cost efficient fee structure for charities which means more dollars will get to the charities federal employee donors select. And please remember to check “Yes” on the share pledge information box so we can keep you updated on how your donation was used.

Thank you for supporting FEEA!

Six Reasons to Be Excited About Changes to the Combined Federal Campaign

The new CFC pledging website is live and you can access it at cfcgiving.opm.gov. We hope you’ll consider a pledge to FEEA this year. Our CFC # is 11185. In case you missed it, check out FEEA’s recent article in Government Executive entitled “Six Reasons to Be Excited About Changes to the Combined Federal Campaign”. www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2017/09/6-reasons-be-excited-about-changes-combined-federal-campaign/141166/?oref=govexec_today_nl

We understand from OPM there is a delay in the new functionality that would allow retirees to pledge and we’ll keep you posted as we get updates.

Thank you for supporting FEEA!

Help us get to 1,000 views!

Please take a moment to watch our new “About FEEA” short film (just over 2 mins) to learn more about the programs we offer federal employees and how you can join our community.

We’re trying to get 1,000 views so please help spread the word by sharing this via email and through Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks from all of us at FEEA.

Congratulations to the 2017 FEEA Scholarship Finalists!

FEEA is pleased to announce the finalists of its 2017 merit-based scholarship competition. This year FEEA awarded nearly 300 scholarships, with support from our partners. Selected from close to 3,000 applicants, these individuals were chosen for their outstanding academic achievements and community engagement.

2017 Scholarship Finalists

The 2017 finalists represent a diverse set of academic majors (shown above). They also hail from all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and overseas postings. The majority are children of federal employees who serve in close to 100 federal departments and agencies. Others are grandchildren and federal employees themselves.

FEEA is especially grateful to the many individual donors who joined the following organizations in sponsoring this year’s competition:

This program, and all of FEEA’s programs, are made possible by our generous individual and organizational sponsors who donate and pledge to CFC#11185 each year.

FEEA Reopens Its Natural Disaster Donation Fund to Aid Feds

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) is re-opening its Natural Disaster Fund for charitable giving by credit card or check. Donations to the fund can be made at: www.feea.org/givedisaster or via check mailed to the FEEA Disaster Fund, 1641 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22307. FEEA has served over 9,000 federal employees and their families in major disasters in the past, including after Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy, and numerous tornadoes, earthquakes, and wildfires. FEEA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, with a four-star Charity Navigator rating, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Natural Disaster Fund is being reopened in response to Acting OPM Director Kathleen M. McGettigan’s memo to federal agencies interested in conducting a special solicitation to federal employees in response to this disaster. As reported in Government Executive, “The Office of Personnel Management said Monday that 59,600 federal employees from 45 agencies work in the region impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”

“We know the need for aid to feds will be great. And so many of them are coping with the disaster personally, while serving their fellow citizens in their capacity as public servants at the same time. We also know there are many feds across the country who want to help their colleagues get back into their homes. FEEA has been there for feds for 31 years and will be there again in the wake of Harvey.” said FEEA Executive Director, Joyce Warner.

FEEA’s response will be in the form of disaster grants and emergency loans. FEEA’s grants, of up to $500, contribute to the cost of major home repairs not covered by insurance, temporary lodging costs, and for those who sustained major losses of personal property, FEEA will provide reimbursement grants for new beds to replace those destroyed in the Harvey flooding. Beds are often a major expense destroyed during extreme flooding and need to be replaced to for health reasons. FEEA’s ability to support feds is tied to available funding and donations received.

For more information on FEEA’s disaster and loan programs please visit: www.feea.org/disaster and www.feea.org/emergency. Corporations who would like to donate can contact FEEA at 202-554-0007.

Help FEEA Aid the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

This weekend one of the most devastating storms in history, Hurricane Harvey, ravaged Texas. Unfortunately, flooding rains continue.

With your support, we can aid those victims most in need from this Presidentially declared disaster with our grants for temporary lodging and massive home repairs, and provide emergency loans. Please consider making a donation today. You can change a life.