2015 Campaign Theme "YOU CAN CHANGE A LIFE"

This is the official "OPM approved" website for the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts CFC.




~ February 1, 2016 thru March 18, 2016 ~



Each year, the RI and SEMA Combined Federal Campaign raises thousands of dollars for its participating service and charitable organizations.  We encourage all local organizations to apply to participate in the upcoming 2016 Campaign.

Before you apply, please be sure you meet the following minimum criteria:
  • You are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in good standing with the IRS
  • You organization is local to the RI and SEMA Campaign territory
  • You report to an active board of directors, the majority of which is not compensated
  • You have a staffed facility or dedicated portion of a residence that is “open for business” a minimum of 15 hours per week, with a dedicated phone line specifically for your organization (cell phones are acceptable as long as they are dedicated to organizational use)


See the Federations/Charities "The Application Process" Page on this website

for CFC Applications and Instructions.







Thanks to the continuing generosity and compassion of the Federal donors and volunteers in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, approximately $850,000 has been pledged to support the work of CFC participating charities during the 2015 Campaign.  A final total will be provided soon when all pledges have been processed and audited


The thousands of dollars raised will have a huge impact on our local and global communities -- providing essential programs and services throughout 2016.


On behalf of our charities, the recipients of the services they provide, and your Local Federal Coordinating Committee, THANK YOU!





And the Winner Is…


On Wednesday, December, 16, the RI and SEMA Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) conducted their monthly cabinet meeting and drew the winner for the 2015 Early Bird Drawing. The lucky winner of the $250 gift card was Mr. Vathana Keochaleune, a US Postal Carrier in Olneyville, Rhode Island. “I am very excited to have my pledge chosen,” said Mr. Keochaleune. The presentation was held at the Olneyville Post Office on December 30. Many representatives from the area were present to congratulate the winner including; President and CEO PGE Federal Credit Union Kenneth Poyton; Providence Postmaster Ron Pauline; Olneyville Post Office Manager Joanne Keeling; Providence Post Office Coordinator Rose Russo and RI and SEMA CFC USPS Coordinators Nona Maiorano and Jeanne Pollard.

“My pledge is designated to the Make a Wish Foundation. This agency grants wishes that transforms the lives of kids with life-threatening medical conditions, forever.”  At a CFC Kick-Off event a sLeft: President and CEO PGE Federal Credit Union Kenneth Poyton; RI and SEMA USPS Coordinator Nona Maiorano; Early Bird winner Vathana Keochaleune; Providence Postmaster Ron Pauline; RI and SEMA USPS Coordinator Jeanne Pollard; USPS Providence CoordinatorRose Russo and Olneyville Post Office Manager Joanne Keeling.peaker from the agency inspired me to their cause,” Mr. Keochaleune explained.

Many thanks to Rhode Island and SEMA Combined Federal Campaign sponsor, PGE Federal Credit Union for their very generous and continued support. PGE Federal Credit Union’s Kenneth Poyton, President and CEO is the proud CFC sponsor since 2006. PGE’s sponsorship provides for the CFC Drawing winnings and other campaign activities, including kick-off and training events.

The Early Bird incentive brought a tremendous amount of pledges the week of the November 18 deadline.  All those who pledged to a CFC charity before the deadline, regardless of the amount they pledged was entered into the drawing. Thank you to all the donors for your continued dedication to the CFC mission and all you do to help some of the most vital and effective charities in our community, nationally and globally. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Contributor Recognition drawings in late January.


Left: President and CEO PGE Federal Credit Union Kenneth Poyton;
RI and SEMA USPS Coordinator Nona Maiorano; Early Bird winner
Vathana Keochaleune; Providence Postmaster Ron Pauline; RI and
SEMA USPS Coordinator Jeanne Pollard; USPS Providence
CoordinatorRose Russo and Olneyville Post Office Manager
Joanne Keeling.





The Contracts Department of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, RI, held a CFC fundraiser on November 3.  The "Hot Diggity Dog Fundraiser" featured, of course, hotdogs with all of the trimings.


More than 86 people participated... raising almost $450.00 for the Campaign.





This fundraiser is one of MANY planned and organized for the 2015 Campaign season by LFCC Chair and CFC Coordinator John Woodhouse with the help of his keyworkers and NUWC employees.


Are you a CFC coordinator or keyworker?  If so, give some thought to organizing a fundraiser in your federal agency or military unit!  Your campaign will be much more successful if you do as John and employees at NUWC will attest! 


If you held a CFC fundraiser, we are happy to post the details here.  Simply foward the information (w/pix, if you have any) to: CFC Director Felicia Lesnett





Thanks to the generous donations received from the Combined Federal Campaign...


CFC-participating charitable organizations are able to help thousands of abused and neglected children and their families each year.





CFC-participating charitable organizations are able to help hundreds of thousands of animals through their programs and services in adoption, spay/neuter, law enforcement, and veterinary medicine.




CFC-participating charitable health organizations can offer help and hope to men, women and children around the world who suffer from a life-threatening illness.




CFC-participating charitable organizations can work on local, regional, national and international levels to: combat climate change, protect from environmental health hazards, protect wildfire habitat, eliminate pollution from air, water, and land, preserve natural resources, and educate about environmental issues worldwide.





CFC-participating charitable organizations are able to offer permanent supportive housing so formerly homeless familes have a place to call home.




CFC-participating charitable organizations are able to provide help for thousands of the world’s most vulnerable citizens.





CFC-participating charitable organizations are able to serve the needs of our disabled military veterans and their families by providing a range of services including shelter, counseling, training and job assistance.






CFC-participating charitable organizations are thankful for the support they receive

from the thousands of Federal employees around the world

whose generosity makes it possible for them to

continue providing desperately needed services for those in need.



Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts

Combined Federal Campaign

200 Niantic Avenue

Providence, RI  02907

Phone:  401/942-2394 | Fax:  401/942-2395

Felicia Lesnett, Campaign Director

Email:  flesnett@healthcharities.org
















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