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

Xiomara's Story

xiomara holding cause signMy cause is human trafficking, which is a deplorable crime. Humans should never be used as a commodity or a profit-making source. The impact of CFC funding is a nationwide outreach that provides more awareness. The CFC is a good organization supporting fundraising for domestic and international nonprofits in various fields.

-Xiomara Creque, Export Import Bank of the U.S.

A Summer Camp Story

summer camp group Summer camp is a special place for kids to make new friends, try different activities and explore new possibilities. For the children of firefighters who died in the line of duty, there is a unique camp that offers all of this and much more. Since 2012, these camps, run by a CFC-supported organization, provide a unique approach to help these children find the comfort and support they need to cope with their grief. 

Maureen's Story

generationsA CFC-funded organization is bringing light to the science of cognition research for people with Down syndrome – they have developed a public/private partnership for the world’s first clinical trial targeting Alzheimer’s disease-like characteristics in those with Down syndrome.

Tristan's Story

TristanPremature delivery was anticipated for Tristan, so his mother, who was active in the U.S. Navy, was given a round of drugs to help develop his lungs. The doctors were attempting to treat him in utero by administering drugs to his mother, but after many specialist appointments, Tristan’s mother was rushed to the hospital – Tristan's heart was no longer responding to the drugs and fluid was beginning to build up around his heart. 

Leandra's Story

nurseWhen soon-to-be parents are asked if they want a boy or a girl, most people say they just want a happy, healthy baby. For one mother, that answer took on a special meaning when her beautiful baby girl Leandra was born with sickle cell anemia.After spending the first year of her daughter’s life crying, bemoaning the fate of her baby and family, Leandra’s mother snapped out of it and took action.

A Garden Story

Since 1973, a program run by a CFC-supported organization has promoted the creation of certified schoolyard wildlife habitats across America. These school gardens are learning laboratories and outdoor classrooms where students engage in active, hands-on learning as they design, plant and tend gardens. In the process, kids discover and connect with nature – and sometimes even with themselves. 

Immer's Story

Immer U.S. Coast GuardMy 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.

Aaron's Story

child with giftsAaron’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.

Mariam's Story

girl with dollRaised 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.

Joseph's Story

joseph and his wifeMy 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.

Mark's Story

photo of mark waving helloImagine 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.

Emily's Story

woman turning on a water hydrant for clean waterIndian reservation resident Emily used to have water available at her mobile home.

"We had water, but then the motor gave up," says Emily.

That was 10 years ago.

Since then, she’s had to walk hundreds of yards to her nearest neighbor with an empty 5-gallon container, and then carry it back home, full and heavy.

"It gets tiresome going back and forth to get water," Emily said.

Fatuma's Story

mother and daughterWhen Fatuma leaves her job as a nurse every night to tuck her daughters into bed, she hopes she is not bringing home an illness that will harm them.

With help from a CFC-supported organization, Fatuma is now not only certain that she is safe at her job, but that her family, patients and neighbors are protected from infectious disease, as well. “If we are safe, the community is safe,” she says. “That’s how the cycle goes.”

Hugo's Story

Hugo and his wifeHugo 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.

Rocky's Story

As an adVince and Rocky vocate 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.

Mark, A Veteran's Story

Image of a group studyingBy 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.

Mints Story

Due to their pedigree and intense efforts required from racing, Thoroughbred horses are typically subject to high accident rates and other health problems. 

Lanetha Neal

My cause is homlessness.  Many of the faceless that experience homelessness suffer loss through fire, flood and most reoccuring natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornados. I am a native of the state of Louisiana.  Each time there was a pending storm in the Gulf of Mexico, my family would "shutter" the home and pack our car with clothing, leaving for a "few days". Our family  was one of the fortunate ones as my mother's job relocated us to the Midwest before hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area. Even after 12 years I still choke with emotion as the loss of life and homes.

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.