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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

September 14, 2011

Contact: Special Agent Christian Hoffman, PIO

Office: (818) 265-2507

Cell: (213) 216-3622

Contact: Keith Paul, PIO
Henderson Police Department
Office: (702) 267-4510

ATF Promotes the Greater Los Angeles Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff in the City of Hope

LOS ANGELES – John A. Torres Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division and Martha Flores, Chief of Staff of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS), District 23, the co-chairmen of the Los Angeles Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), announce the CFC kickoff for 2012 at the City of Hope, Duarte, Calif. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) mission was first established in 1961 to promote philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost efficient, and cost effective. CFC provides all federal employees the unique opportunity to improve the quality of life within our communities. Federal employees created the CFC to have one campaign, once a year, to allow their contributions through payroll deductions to support thousands of worthy causes. The campaign which kicks off during this morning’s breakfast at the City of Hope will run through December.

The CFC is a critical part of being a well rounded government employee. All of us have a responsibility to give something back at some point and time in our federal career. Today is one of those times, said Torres. I want to encourage all federal employees to consider giving something to their favorite charity or cause, it is the right thing to do.

The CFC is an excellent opportunity for employees to understand the impact of giving back to our communities and to those in need, says Flores. I encourage all employees to participate, as every contribution, whether small or large, makes a difference and helps create a more balanced work and home life.

Benefits to charities

  • Over 2,500 charities participating in CFC assist people who really need help – the sick, homeless and disadvantaged youth. CFC charities also help with education expenses, cures for life-threatening diseases, the environment, animals and disasters.
  • Workplace giving through payroll deduction, federal employees can make a larger contribution over time by having small amounts deducted each pay period.
  • CFC consolidates many pledges into one check, conserving time, resources and money that would be spent on processing and tracking multiple gifts. Helps keep fundraising cost and effort to a minimum.
  • Helps replenish and maintain a charity’s general fund so they can be prepared to and have the resources to immediately respond to emergencies or disasters.
  • Provides CFC charities with a steady monthly income for a year so they will have more time to plan and provide their much needed services.
  • CFC provides a forum through which many potential donors can be reached at once through the website, charity list or charity fairs.

More information about ATF and its programs is available at For more information on the CFC please view