The Rio Grande Valley Combined Federal Campaign, CFC, recently held its 2009 Award Recognition event at the Weslaco U.S. Border Patrol Station. The CFC provides federal employees the opportunity to support non-profit agencies at a local, national and international level.

Lisa Garza, CBP-OBP Border Patrol and Gil Aldaz, DHS-CBP, served as Chairmen and led the efforts of the RGV CFC. Federal employees contributed over $706,000, representing a 16 percent increase.

Fifty-Six local federal branches participated in this campaign. The three top federal agency contributors were the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs & Border Protection Port of Entries and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement branches. The U.S. Border Patrol was also recognized for the Highest Dollar Contributions. Awards were presented to outstanding volunteers and agencies with the best participation and leadership giving levels.

In the area of Highest Per Capita Giving, the following agencies had the best performance: Internal Revenue Service-Brownsville, TX, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Harlingen, TX, U.S. DHS-CBP-POE, Progreso, TX and U.S. DHS-OBP, McAllen Station. The following agencies were also recognized for their leadership giving results: U.S. Postal Service, Donna, TX, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Harlingen, TX, Social Security Administration, McAllen, TX and CBP-POE, Hidalgo/Pharr, TX.

Other participants include: ICE, CIS, EOIR, GSA, SSA, SBA, IRS, FBI, DEA, FMCSA, IBWC, TSA, NWS, USDA, Secret Service, U.S. District Courts, Veterans Administration, Federal Probation, Federal Public Defenders, National Coast Guard and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Some of the organizations throughout the Valley that benefit from federal contributions include United Ways, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, RGV Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs, Valley AIDS Council, and Easter Seals.