Gray Challenges Employees to Raise $1M for Giving Campaign

WI Web Staff Report | 10/5/2011, 12:21 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the D.C. One Fund Executive Committee and agency coordinators are challenging District of Columbia government employees to join the 2012 giving campaign, themed "Each One Give One." The campaign's goal is to raise $1 million to help with recovery efforts related to disasters such as Hurricane Irene, which hit the D.C. region in August.

Gray joined forces this week with Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, who is serving as the D.C. One Fund chairman; and Office of Contracting and Procurement Director James Staton, D.C. One Fund vice chair, for the kick-off event at One Judiciary Square. Employees learned how to sign up for payroll deductions beginning this week and received information from non-profit charities they can support.

"With people still recovering from natural disasters like Hurricane Irene, and non-profits suffering from harsh economic times, local caregivers need our help now more than ever," said Gray. "I am counting on our caring and hardworking District employees to make a difference with their generous donations."

Employees can give through payroll deductions or make a one-time donation. "It takes just $2.50 per employee per pay period to reach our goal, and I am confident we can hit our mark to provide much-needed help for organizations that help our residents," said Ellerbe.

Information on how to participate is available at www.onefund.dc.gov or www.dconefund.org.