Here’s a quick WABA quiz:
A. The number of WABA supporters
B. The number of schoolchildren who have received instruction this year through our bike education curriculum
C. The staff hours spent working on our 2012 advocacy initiatives
D. All of the above?
D-It’s something that helps make all of those things possible– It’s our Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number.
Over the years, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association has been the lucky beneficiary of tens of thousands of dollars through the Combined Federal Campaign organized by the United Way for the National Capital Region. Our loyal supporters, many of whom are also federal government workers, make this possible every year by writing in the WABA CFC #93587 on their form, and then a set donation amount is taken out of their paycheck as often as they choose. The United Way collects the money and sends WABA a check twice a year. In the past, it’s been difficult to determine the individuals who give their hard-earned money through the CFC to support better bicycling throughout Washington DC. But recently the United Way has improved their data collection process and it’s easier for us to track and thank those who support us so generously.
The CFC sign up season runs from September 1 to December 15th so we are right in the middle of this important annual ritual. To those who have supported us through the CFC over the years, we thank you. To those who are federal workers but have never signed up to donate through the CFC, please consider donating this year to WABA. Every penny you direct to WABA will go to support our efforts in creating the most convenient, safe and reliable network of bicycle trails, cycletracks, bike lanes and routes.
CFC donations also pay for us to testify at a council hearing, weigh in on a plan at a transportation planning board session or send one of our League Certified Instructors to a local elementary school to deliver our bike education course. Whether you choose to donate $1, $5, $25, or more every pay period, please know that any amount is very much appreciated and takes us a long way towards creating the transportation system our region deserves.
Help us spread the word about WABA and the CFC program. Print out and post the attached flier in your office so that others will have the number handy when it’s time to sign up.
PS-If you make, or are making, a contribution through the CFC currently and would like a WABA membership to be included, please contact us.