Maryland local government workers give $11.24M to charities

The United Way of Central Maryland announced Monday that local government workers gave more than $11.24 million during recent fundraising campaigns.

Federal, state and local employees donated the money through payroll deductions to designated health and human service nonprofits. The campaigns — Combined Federal Campaign, Maryland Charity Campaign and Combined Charity Campaign — ran from September to December.

"Despite the continued challenges of a recovering economy in our region, government employees are continuing to give very generously to support important issues locally, nationally, and internationally," said Emily Kremski, who oversees the three local charity campaigns in the Baltimore area. "Their support comes from the heart and improves conditions for a variety of causes in our area."

Baltimore government workers gave $1.03 million through the city's Combined Charity Campaign, which was chaired by Dr. Oxiris Barbot, director of the Baltimore City Health Department.

The Maryland Charity Campaign, for state government workers, brought in $3.45 million. State Police Col. Marcus Brown was chairman of the campaign.

The Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign, chaired by Reginald Wells of the Social Security Administration, raised $6.75 million. Since the campaign was established in 1961, federal workers nationwide have raised more than $7 billion.

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