Originally created 10/11/00

SRS workers begin charity campaign



Marcia Delmore had a good reason to encourage her fellow Savannah River Site employees to contribute to the site's Combined Federal Campaign: her niece.

Ms. Delmore, a security specialist at the federal nuclear-weapons site, learned firsthand the value of the fund-raising campaign after her niece contracted leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant in Boston. Ms. Delmore found herself benefiting from one of the charities the annual drive helps - The Ronald McDonald House.

"To me, it pretty much brought home the good that's being done and the need that is out there," said Ms. Delmore, who participated in a video urging the site's federal employees to contribute to the weeklong campaign that begins Tuesday.

The campaign, which raises money for hundreds of local, national and international charities, is the only fund-raising effort in which federal workplaces are authorized to participate, SRS officials said.

Last year, 96 percent of the site's 500 federal employees contributed to the campaign, said Jeff Allison, chairman of the 2000 effort. The participation rate for other local federal agencies was 37 percent, he said.

The site's employees each contributed an average of $235 last year, Mr. Allison said.

"It's a way for federal employees to give something back to the community," he said. "We've shown over the years that the folks here care about the local community."

More than 100 local charities have benefited from past campaigns, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, area Goodwill offices, Habitat for Humanity and Shepeard Community Blood Center, SRS officials said.

Each employee can choose which agencies his contribution will support, Mr. Allison said.

"We encourage them to give, and if you're going to give, to consider giving locally," he said.

The federal campaign is not the only fund-raising effort at the site each year. The site's contractors finished their annual campaign to benefit United Way on Sept. 22, said Mary Jamison, a spokeswoman for SRS contractor Westinghouse Savannah River Co. The contractors will announce Tuesday the amount of money raised, she said.

Reach Brandon Haddock at (706) 823-3409.